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Title: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Austin on 10/22/2007 01:31 AM
Thought we might have a little fun with this one.  I'll start.

You know you're a space geek when...


*  While looking at the preheat countdown timer on your oven, you know exactly what would be      happening during the terminal count of shuttle at that precise moment.



*  You tend to call out sick from work the day of a shuttle launch.  (I feel sniffle coming on!)

 :o
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 10/22/2007 01:39 AM
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Austin - 22/10/2007 1:31 PM Thought we might have a little fun with this one. I'll start. You know you're a space geek when... * While looking at the preheat countdown timer on your oven, you know exactly what would be happening during the terminal count of shuttle at that precise moment. * You tend to call out sick from work the day of a shuttle launch. (I feel sniffle coming on!) :o

Wouldn't be the first time!! ;)
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ankle-bone12 on 10/22/2007 01:41 AM
*All of your English Comp. Papers and thesis's are on the space program.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: vt_hokie on 10/22/2007 01:43 AM
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MATTBLAK - 21/10/2007  9:39 PM

Wouldn't be the first time!! ;)

The first time I ever missed a class in college was during my sophomore year, when I cut Philosophy to watch the first shuttle-Mir rendezvous on STS-63!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Andy_Small on 10/22/2007 01:47 AM
* You have a picture of the space shuttle on your desk at work.

* on your note book for school you have the space shuttle program patch

* your wife calls your a dork on a weekly basis for the constant need to check Nsf  :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ender0319 on 10/22/2007 01:49 AM
You're sitting in a room within LCC listening to the loops for the ongoing STS-120 countdown AND reporting on it to NSF :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MKremer on 10/22/2007 01:59 AM
You stock up on toner cartridges and cartons of paper when they're on sale to keep from running out printing the manuals and checklists on L2 for the current and next missions.  :laugh:
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 10/22/2007 02:00 AM
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Andy_Small - 21/10/2007  9:47 PM


* your wife calls your a dork on a weekly basis for the constant need to check Nsf  :)

Mine agrees but several times daily for me

She said it also applies when you watch a football game and a baseball game with PIP and have a laptop to check the forums
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 10/22/2007 02:06 AM
When you have 3 TV's in the same room to watch the first shuttle launch on all 3 networks (pre cable/sat TV days)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 10/22/2007 02:09 AM
When your parents plan a family vacation that goes to JSC AND KSC since you might be too busy in the future to go on family vacations
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Andy_Small on 10/22/2007 02:11 AM
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Jim - 21/10/2007  9:00 PM

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Andy_Small - 21/10/2007  9:47 PM


* your wife calls your a dork on a weekly basis for the constant need to check Nsf  :)

Mine agrees but several times daily for me

She said it also applies when you watch a football game and a baseball game with PIP and have a laptop to check the forums

Watching the Red Sox Indians game right now as I check the forums. :)

GO SOX!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: tmckinley on 10/22/2007 02:15 AM
Alright, sorry to break the rhythm, but I'm watching the Redsox Indians game and I saw a DirecTV commercial that shows some massive satellite smashing into other satellites. Well, I could have sworn one of the objects it knocked passed escape velocity was a soyuz capsule (it was pretty obvious). Anyways this really ticked me off, I mean if they showed a space shuttle getting hit by something I'd hope that people would object. I really don't see any difference between the destruction of a shuttle and a soyuz except for the fact that a shuttle would have more people getting killed by this commercial satellite for the sake of us Americans getting a few more channels.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: tmckinley on 10/22/2007 02:16 AM
I agree Andy, GO SOX!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Andy_Small on 10/22/2007 02:21 AM
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tmckinley - 21/10/2007  9:15 PM

Alright, sorry to break the rhythm, but I'm watching the Redsox Indians game and I saw a DirecTV commercial that shows some massive satellite smashing into other satellites. Well, I could have sworn one of the objects it knocked passed escape velocity was a soyuz capsule (it was pretty obvious). Anyways this really ticked me off, I mean if they showed a space shuttle getting hit by something I'd hope that people would object. I really don't see any difference between the destruction of a shuttle and a soyuz except for the fact that a shuttle would have more people getting killed by this commercial satellite for the sake of us Americans getting a few more channels.

Oh yes that was a Soyuz.  Saw it on the Race coverage today as well

anyway back to the topic at hand...

* when your Nephew wants to be an Astronaut so bad for Halloween because you show him launch footage on your computer
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: hyper_snyper on 10/22/2007 02:25 AM
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Andy_Small - 21/10/2007  10:21 PM

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* when your Nephew wants to be an Astronaut so bad for Halloween because you show him launch footage on your computer


* and you actually have a spacesuit for him to wear.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: spaceshuttle on 10/22/2007 02:26 AM
*you postpone any job applications until the STS-120 launch happens

*you have a space shuttle launch as a desktop background

*you wear a choker with a space shuttle ornament on it

*you have shuttle launches as cover sheets for you class binders

*you have DVDs of shuttle launches

*you think "shuttle launch" anytime you see/hear someone/somthing counting backwards

*you adjust your steering wheel, lock the doors, and check your mirrors is if it's part of a launch countdown
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Oberon_Command on 10/22/2007 02:29 AM
* you spend all class designing your own rockets and space stations in MS paint...
* ... and then model, texture, animate, and code them into Orbiter addons.
* attempt to bring countdowns into every aspect of life.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/22/2007 02:58 AM
"you strongly believe PRCB meetings should be televised on prime time network TV.

"have an over-riding urge to punch anyone who says a shuttle launch is boring.

"your working on an article that's based on IPRs of leaks at the pad at 4am, at home, in a front room that looks like this:
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Tim S on 10/22/2007 03:22 AM
your wife is already in bed and she's stiring with thoughts that I'm downloading dirty movies, when really I'm downloading cool stuff from L2.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MKremer on 10/22/2007 03:29 AM
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Tim S - 21/10/2007  10:22 PM

your wife is already in bed and she's stiring with thoughts that I'm downloading dirty movies, when really I'm downloading cool stuff from L2.

Show her one of those "dirty" reentry videos.  :laugh:
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Andy_Small on 10/22/2007 03:31 AM
* You tell your wife "Don't plan anything the next two weeks.  The shuttle's going up on Tuesday"  and then she looks at you and laughs
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Austin on 10/22/2007 03:36 AM
•   Words such as “scrub” and “go/no-go” have become such an integral part of your vocabulary that you regularly use them in a  
         context that has absolutely nothing to do with the shuttle program.

•   You assign a “percent probability” to everything.  

•   When you are at a work-related meeting, you secretly pretend you’re at an FRR

You guys are killing me with these -- keep em' coming!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: dbhyslop on 10/22/2007 03:37 AM
You make your wife join you as you drive forty-five minutes each way to watch a shuttle launch...which, when you live in New England, means freezing your butts off on an abandoned beach in the middle of the night as a white speck skims by a few degrees off the horizon, then flickers out at MECO.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Stowbridge on 10/22/2007 03:42 AM
* you get annoyed with the next door neighbor's tree that is over reaching into your yard, and immediately think of a plan that involves a SCAPE suit, monomethylhydrazine and Mike Lienbach planning the operation.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: hmh33 on 10/22/2007 03:43 AM
Any tips for good locations to watch a launch in the Boston area?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: tmckinley on 10/22/2007 04:10 AM
Hey Henry, come watch it over at Simmons. PM me (sorry I realize that sounds kind of creepy)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 10/22/2007 05:13 AM
When you videotape launch coverage on CNN ("pre-net" days)

When you listen to the dial-a-shuttle 900 number (again, I'm dating myself!  Am I REALLY that old???)

When you mentally count down the days and hours to the next shuttle launch.

When you get the crew patch for every shuttle flight

When you go to NSF a lot and check out the latest from L2

When you know what OMS, RCS, RTLS, TAL, etc. actually are!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 10/22/2007 05:17 AM
*You roll your eyes and groan before Marcia Dunn can verbalize her question at a press conference,

*you've taught yourself basic meteorology based on Kathy Winters' forecast slides at Countdown Status Briefings,

*you know when critical S0007 (Countdown) operations will occur before the schedule is posted on L2 or released by NASA,

*You know what S0007 is.

Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: shuttlelegs on 10/22/2007 05:56 AM
When your friends have bets to see how long it takes you before you bring the "space shuttle" up as a topic .
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: nathan.moeller on 10/22/2007 06:02 AM
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Bubbinski - 21/10/2007  12:13 AM

1. When you videotape launch coverage on CNN ("pre-net" days)

2. When you listen to the dial-a-shuttle 900 number (again, I'm dating myself!  Am I REALLY that old???)

3. When you mentally count down the days and hours to the next shuttle launch.

4. When you get the crew patch for every shuttle flight

5. When you go to NSF a lot and check out the latest from L2

6. When you know what OMS, RCS, RTLS, TAL, etc. actually are!

1. I still tape them all!!
3. Check!
4. Not only do I collect the patches as they come out, I place the next flight in the sequence on my flight coat!!
5. I check NSF almost hourly.
6. Orbital Maneuvering System, Reaction Control System, Return to Launch Site and Transatlantic Abort Landing :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: nathan.moeller on 10/22/2007 06:03 AM
* You ride on a KSC tour bus down the Saturn Causway and Kennedy Parkway and imagine being dressed in a certain orange pressure suit * ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: punkboi on 10/22/2007 06:31 AM

1.) A Cassini image of Saturn is used as the background on my MySpace profile

2.) Every other journal entry on my Blogspot revolves around a NASA mission

3.) An ACTUAL countdown clock to the next shuttle launch graces the top of my Blogspot

4.) More than half of the websites saved in my browser's Favorites folder are space websites

5.) One of my major goals in life is to have my name onboard every unmanned interplanetary mission possible (I think my name's on Cassini, it disintegrated on Deep Impact's impactor, it's now orbiting the moon onboard Kaguya, it's on its way to the Asteroid Belt onboard Dawn and to Mars onboard Phoenix)

and

6.) I got an autograph by a NASA scientist who visited my elementary school when I was in 6th grade

Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 10/22/2007 07:42 AM

* When I check Nasaspaceflight.com several times a day.

* When I really hang out for each and every Constellation program document and try to memorise them all!!

* When every time they make a cut to Orion spacecraft capabilities, at best I merely roll my eyes, at worst I get real mad.

* I look at 'Heavens-above.com' every day to track ISS and satellite viewing opportunities for my city.

* I look up at the Moon and get wistful that men walked there and mad when I realise it's taking too damn long to go back.

* Last December, when I had ugly conflict and confrontations at my workplace, resulting in great stress and sorrow, I looked into the sky and knew that the crews of STS-116 and ISS were having a grand time and a great adventure. My problems seemed so much less significant then. It gave me hope during a very difficult time. That's the power and inspiration of space travel. That's why I wear the "Space Geek" description like a 'badge of honour'...

Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: maskims on 10/22/2007 07:45 AM
- When on every page of your monthly space magazine you read the headline and think "I already know that".

- When every time someone at coffee break mentions a launch-related event (Proton failure, Falcon T-0 almost-scrub, etc.) you follow by "Yeah I saw it live".
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: whitewatcher on 10/22/2007 09:03 AM
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MKremer - 22/10/2007  5:29 AM

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Tim S - 21/10/2007  10:22 PM

your wife is already in bed and she's stiring with thoughts that I'm downloading dirty movies, when really I'm downloading cool stuff from L2.

Show her one of those "dirty" reentry videos.  :laugh:

Regarding your wife: You could show off with your extensive knwoledge about all kinds of docking manoeuvres .....  :laugh:  :cool:
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jester on 10/22/2007 10:35 AM
- When you are already working a 40hrs a week job at ESA and STILL try to sneak in time to post stuff on L2

- When you know the EMU serial numbers for the next mission by heart (hi anik :P)

Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: pippin on 10/22/2007 12:18 PM
* When, as a kid, the only thing you want to see from your father's slide collection are the ones from his rocketry times; over and over again...

* When the first piece of software you ever wrote was a LV library (oh boy, that was only DAYS after Challenger)

* When you got your first own computer on Jan 28th 1986 and it had a Joystick called "Challenger" with a nice red button and you get home, watch the news and ask yourself "have I done something wrong?" (not kidding)


... and of course

* if you are finally successful in arguing with Jim ;-) (still waiting for that one)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: psloss on 10/22/2007 12:29 PM
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Bubbinski - 22/10/2007  1:13 AM

When you videotape launch coverage on CNN ("pre-net" days)

When you listen to the dial-a-shuttle 900 number (again, I'm dating myself!  Am I REALLY that old???)

When you mentally count down the days and hours to the next shuttle launch.

When you get the crew patch for every shuttle flight

When you go to NSF a lot and check out the latest from L2

When you know what OMS, RCS, RTLS, TAL, etc. actually are!
My symptoms:

1. When you videotape CNN constantly looking for OPF rollover coverage.  (I'm still kicking myself that I misplaced Vandenberg CNN stuff and didn't record more local Los Angeles news in the '80s while the orbiters were being assembled and delivered.)

Does buying 50 extra cable or satellite channels that you'll never watch just to get NASA TV count, too?

2. When you record dial-a-shuttle audio...oh yeah, and KSC PAO processing reports over the phone.  (I'm still more geek than old, but definitely too much of the latter.)

3. I stopped doing this after the RSLS aborts in '93 and '94.  Sounds obvious, but it's not a launch until liftoff.

4. Hmmm, blind spot for me.  I'd rather look at engineering film and stills than patches.

5. Check.

6. When you request RTLS and TAL/AOA/ATO procedure handbooks from JSC and study those instead of the college textbooks you paid for by weight.  ("Let's see, if I lose an engine here, then this is the theta I need.")
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: PhalanxTX on 10/22/2007 12:36 PM
* You went to Space Camp as soon as you were old enough to go.

* You met Charlie Precourt when he started astronaut training and asked him a question about the Japanese journalists on Mir while wearing your Space Camp flightsuit, thus earning a one-on-one talk after his presentation, an autographed picture of him for yourself, and an autographed Shuttle collage for your school.

* You later worked as an engineering intern at JSC in the Astronaut Office and met Charlie again, this time he was your boss's boss and you were taller than he was.

* You won the Young Astronaut Award from your elementary school in sixth grade and was more proud of that than graduating first in your class.

* You started working for NASA as a high school student in their apprenticeship research program.

* You knew almost as much as your instructors in your astronomy and planetary science classes in college and grad school

* You have an Orion paperboard model on your desk at work

* On your honeymoon, you insisted on taking the resort's weekly astronomy class and ended up staying late with the instructor while your new wife went back to the cottage (hey, she insisted I stay as long as I wanted!)

* You skipped Texas A&M Fish Camp rather than take a week of leave from the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ford Mustang on 10/22/2007 12:44 PM
* You go to high-school and get mad that you won't see Discovery rise above the launch pad live

* You are making a project that consists of 5+ hours of shuttle footage, that needs to be pieced together for a 30 minute piece

* You envision yourself walking through the White Room and climbing aboard the shuttle and reaching orbit

* After finishing a test on the computer, you check NASAspaceflight.com for up-to-the minute news on the next launch or processing
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: ksc_houston on 10/22/2007 01:07 PM

* When you go home from school  to watch STS-120 launch live

* When you fill a wall with shuttle mission patches and with photos of all 5 shuttles

* When you check nasa.gov and NSF several times a day

* When you watch NASA TV almost always  :)

* When you make a shuttle model

* When you make a digital timer controlled by the PC to simulate a real shuttle countdown...currently T-11 Hrs and holding..  :cool:

Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: brahmanknight on 10/22/2007 01:33 PM
* You begged you mom to bring home space shuttle mission write ups from the school board because you had memorized the World Book Encyclopedia space section already ( for you kiddies, the encyclopedia was all we had to learn from before the internet ).

* When you launch the Firefox browser, NSF is one the tabs that launch.  

* You leave work early to watch the installation of solar arrays on ISS ( you should have seen the look the boss gave me when I told him why I wanted to leave early ).
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Martin FL on 10/22/2007 01:38 PM
* when you find yourself doubled over, with the phone off the hook, during the final 30 minutes towards launch.

* when the wife asks to use the computer and has to go via NASASpaceFlight on the first page of the browser.

* when you realize you need to buy one of those external hard drives to keep up with what goes on L2  :cool:
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Celeritas on 10/22/2007 01:52 PM
When, after reading the other posts on this thread, you realize with a profound sense of disappointment that you are not as big a space geek as you thought you were.  :(

. . . And you resolve to be a much bigger space geek in the future.   :)
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Gene DiGennaro on 10/22/2007 01:54 PM
When you do a double take seeing someone wearing clothing marked DKNY and you think gee, how does that person know about the lunar module DSKY computer?...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: brihath on 10/22/2007 01:56 PM
1. When you take your wife on your first trip to Florida together and the FIRST place you go to from the Orlando Airport is KSC (been there, done that).
2.  When you get sick and miss school every time there is a manned launch.  Did that when I was in high school during Gemini.  Gemini 9 drove my parents nuts- delayed several times.
3.  When you relate important birthdays to space launches.  Gemini 76 rendezvous occurred on my 16th birthday.
4.  When you drive from Tampa to KSC at 11 PM to catch a live night shuttle launch.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: simonbp on 10/22/2007 04:12 PM
* When you've got a map of the moon on the wall and can identify near and far side features and landing sites at a glance.

* When you've make a 12-hour drive to a boring conference in Florida just for the chance to see a Delta II launch.

* When you've actually built a 1:100 Saturn V out of paper and are considering doing the same in 1:48.

* When you've got both a NASA and JPL logo on your car.

Simon ;)
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: George CA on 10/22/2007 04:27 PM
*When you buy space related bed sheet covers for your kids and wish you could have it on your bed.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Moon King on 10/22/2007 04:41 PM
When so many conversations at work end with you talking about NASA needing more funding or the Constellation program that your coworkers nickname you ...Spaceman!!!

When you have a model of Discovery  in your bedroom, a model of the Orion and Endeavour at work, a model of a Saturn V as a centerpiece in the family room.

When, while most people would hang a picture of flowers on the bathroom wall, you have a picture of Hubble being repaired!

When you go to nasaspaceflight on your lunch break

When you visit KFC more than Disney World.

When your girlfriend looks at you like you were crazy for suggesting you should get married somehwere near KFC in view of the launchpads.

When every other T-shit in your closet has a space-related theme!


Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: GraphGuy on 10/22/2007 04:50 PM
*When you do the online research to find the ISP, max kg to LEO, GEO for all the major boosters/engines out there as well as for other research engines, as well as for high ISP, low thrust engines, make it into a text file in notepad, and go back to it on occasion to refresh your memory.

*When on your commute home you find yourself wondering how many Ares V launches it takes to assemble a mars lander.

*When you wonder what a good layout for a lunar base would be.

*When you wonder why we can make hard suits that let people operate under hundreds of feet of water, but we can't make a spacesuit that doesn't abuse astronauts.

*When you look back on the two highschool weekends you spent at JPL at spaceset managing your team to two victories and smile.

*When you try to figure a way to make an Estes model rocket with 3 engines on the bottom stage and 1 engine on the upper stage.

*When the first DVD you buy for your 55 inch widescreen is 2001 a space odyssey.  When you toss out the DVD and get the digitally remastered version of 2001 so that it looks better.

*When you feel cheated because the only Apollo launches you have seen are the ones in old National Geographic magazines.

*When you volunteered to go first to give your 6th grade science project on Tokomak nuclear fusion and your "science" teacher didn't know what you were talking about.

*When you wonder what the first person on Mars will say and how it will compare to what Armstrong said, or if the first person there should just stay silent.

*When the early 80s you (much to the chagrin of your parents) dress up as a cosmonaut for Halloween and go to your elementary school proclaiming you are a cosmonaut.

*When the teachers informed the GATE students that the Challenger blew up and you cried.

*Robotech

*Your wife calls you "her little rocket scientist"

*When you write GIS software for a living and yet wonder how it can be used in space.

*In your junior year of high school you wrote a paper on Apollo 13 before the movie came out.

*When your high school AP chemistry teacher loaned you his Sci-Fi books

*When your drafting logo was the planet Saturn

*When you are annoyed that you live on the west coast and the only launches that happen don't have a schedule.

*For a brief time your screen saver featured the venture star.  When you are privately embarrassed that for a time your screen saver featured the venture star.

*When you get a new work laptop you have to consult your pre archived list of space photos and spend half an hour picking the best image to be your background image.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: brihath on 10/22/2007 06:00 PM
Also...

5.  When you build the Revell 1/72 scale Apollo-Saturn V and then take it outside in January (in upstate NY...cooold!) and put it on a ladder so you can take a realistic photo looking up at it.
6.  When you look up at the Moon and still marvel that for one great shining moment, we walked on it.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ford Mustang on 10/22/2007 06:18 PM
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brihath - 22/10/2007  2:00 PM

Also...

6.  When you look up at the Moon and still marvel that for one great shining moment, we walked on it.

I do that almost every night.

And another from me:

* When you get yelled at by your computer-tech teacher to get off NASAspaceflight and do your work.


( Yeah, I've been yelled at enough for him to KNOW the name of the site.. Embarrassing.. :( )
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 10/22/2007 06:25 PM
After marrying someone who is also in the launch business, you think of another benefit, another source of pins and patches for your collection.  Plus her collection is now part of the larger "ours"
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Lee Jay on 10/22/2007 07:39 PM
...you see the letters "I - S - P" and *don't* think of MSN, QWest, or any other internet service provider.

I actually did take my wife to KSC on our honeymoon.  Of course, it was just one stop during a 2-week trip to the Orlando area.

I'd guess Jim is in this category.  If you can name at least one 4 or 5-letter NASA acronym that has more than one meaning.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: brihath on 10/22/2007 07:53 PM
And also, also....

7.  When you see 2001: A Space Odyssey seven times in the theaters, coaxing someone else along every time because the film was so awesome.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Integrator on 10/22/2007 09:19 PM
* When your car has a Saturn V rocket tag and mission stickers all over the rear bumper.
* When you spend the entire commute thinking about the VSE Architecture and how it will work
* When you spend the whole night lying there awake worrying that it won't.
* When you sing the old Steve Martin song: "...and I get paid for doing this...!"
* When you realize how many others all over the world, young and old, live for what we do every day, and realize the importance of not disappointing them.

Thanks for the reminders.
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Skinny on 10/22/2007 10:06 PM
* When the first thing you try on your brand new cellphone with "high speed internet" connection if NASA TV finally plays fine (and it does :) )
Title: RE: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Nick L. on 10/22/2007 10:08 PM
You see someone online with the nickname "FGB" and think "space station module" and automatically assume the person is Russian, even if he/she isn't.

You have memorized the final countdown sequences for all the launches you've ever watched.
"T-15, ignitors on, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, TCSR start, 6, 5, we have ignition of the main engine..."

You have memorized the webcasts for the various launches you've watched and can identify them by sound alone.

Everyone in your astronomy class looks at you when the instructor asks a question.

Your life is planned around rocket launches, for example, "I can't go out tonight, I have a Delta II to watch..."

You go out at night after watching a rocket launch and think about the upper stage floating in space, possibly directly overhead, and marvel that humans have built machines capable of reaching such speeds and altitudes.
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Post by: Gary on 10/22/2007 10:23 PM
lol
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Post by: Gary on 10/22/2007 10:25 PM
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Nick L. - 22/10/2007  11:08 PM
Your life is planned around rocket launches, for example, "I can't go out tonight, I have a Delta II to watch..."

yes
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Post by: Jim on 10/22/2007 10:25 PM
How about the reverse.    So busy during the weekend watch football and trying to do work emails and just plain living, you don't realize the shuttle is launching tomorrow
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Post by: iphitus on 10/23/2007 01:09 AM
* When you're studying aerospace engineering and complain that aviation gets too much coverage
* When you have an L2 subscription
* Wallpapers reflect the next shuttle's current processing/status (Currently discovery on the pad).
* When you're news channel flipping on launch day trying to get the best coverage without stupid commentators
* Wear a tshirt that has the famous outline of Alexei Leonov and has "first spacewalk" written on it.
* Spot the ISS in the sky during shuttle missions, because it's the closest you'll get to seeing the shuttle in action
* Want to learn russian
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*you think "shuttle launch" anytime you see/hear someone/somthing counting backwards
*you adjust your steering wheel, lock the doors, and check your mirrors is if it's part of a launch countdown
Guilty of both. I'm learning to drive currently, so just about everything I do has a mental 'checklist'.

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Post by: Integrator on 10/23/2007 01:30 AM
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Jim - 22/10/2007  5:25 PM

How about the reverse.    So busy during the weekend watch football and trying to do work emails and just plain living, you don't realize the shuttle is launching tomorrow

Aw geesh!! Make the rest of us feel bad, why don'tcha - just cause we can't sit in the garden on a chaise lounge, sipping ice tea and watching the night's launch!!

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* Want to learn Russian

* KNOWS Russian (and German)
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Post by: C5C6 on 10/23/2007 01:34 AM
when you can't remember how many times you've repeated calls like "go at throttle up" or "GLS is go for auto sequence start" being all alone, and moving your hands as if it was the space shuttle taking off..........or when you watch a space related video and repeat it dozens of times in your head......
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Post by: Jim on 10/23/2007 01:37 AM
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Aw geesh!! Make the rest of us feel bad, why don'tcha - just cause we can't sit in the garden on a chaise lounge, sipping ice tea and watching the night's launch!!


or turn around while sitting at my desk at work and see LC-39 &B SLC-40 &41.  (SSPF blocks view of SLC-37)

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Post by: PhalanxTX on 10/23/2007 12:54 PM
Seeing the comment about a sixth grade science project on nuclear fusion reminded me of my favorite project for seventh grade science.  We had to do a report and presentation on invertebrates, so I read and re-read Arthur C. Clarke's "A Meeting With Medusa" until I had the Medusa behavior and anatomy memorized (along with the manta-like hunters).  I then came up with a few other spineless lifeforms that would fit in that environment and wrote a report about Jovian fauna, comparing it with the most similar lifeforms on Earth.  I also covered a presentation tri-panel with hand-drawn illustrations and the highlights of my report.  I gave my presentation in the style of a familiarization briefing for new Jupiter Mission astronauts and wore my Space Camp flightsuit.

I don't think I'll ever forget the look on my teacher's face.  She was only 25 and hadn't been out of school long.  The first thing she said was "I don't know how to grade this."  (I got an A+)  The second thing she said was, "Can I keep your tripanel?"  :)
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Post by: Andy_Small on 10/23/2007 02:34 PM
* when you're making lunch for your wife and yourself and you have your laptop in the kitchen becasue you don't want to miss the suit up (Thank you lord for Wi Fi)

*When you walk out of your house and you pretend you're heading out to Discovery this morning. If only my Ford Taurus looked like the AstroVan
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Post by: Mark Dave on 10/23/2007 05:21 PM
When you tell your friends about it and they get confused from all the techno babble-you only understand. :) (I've done that many times)

When you accronym more than space stuff.

When you know more about rocket motors than your own car.

At Space Camp you know so much you get the nick "The Walking brain."

Watch waaay too much NASA TV-24/7.

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Post by: GLS on 10/23/2007 06:09 PM
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* When you make a digital timer controlled by the PC to simulate a real shuttle countdown...currently T-11 Hrs and holding..  :cool:


* I made a computer program! With a bunch of displays and actions, and it can display the CDC in top of the screen while you do other stuff! Crappy but it works!

* Made another program to keep track of the +300000 files on stuff that goes up.

* Made/I'm making a 4Mb spreadsheet on the SSP with everything from Flight Controllers names to SNs of the tires on the OV...

* Ask friends to download videos/images/files for you because you can't handle it all yourself!

* Wonder why wasn't I born in FL...

and about 80% of all the previous entries....
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Post by: kevin-rf on 10/23/2007 06:31 PM
You name your dog "Stratosphere Balloon"*

You actually know you where born thirteen days after Apollo 13 told houston it had a problem.

Your wife who teaches physics gives you a blank stare when you describe what you do for a living.

*a bit of a stretch, it is also the name of a cave near where the pup was born. Some one rejected Shovel Eater (cave).
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 10/23/2007 07:37 PM
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iphitus - 22/10/2007  8:09 PM

* When you're news channel flipping on launch day trying to get the best coverage without stupid commentators
Did that this morning.  Fox News wound up being the channel of choice.  Their anchors shut up at GOX Venthood retraction and didn't say another word until after MECO.  My girlfriend got stuck with MSNBC and she said they talked all the way through the ascent and it frakked her off really badly.  So, for anyone who gets stuck without NASA TV, go with Fox news if you can.  They seem to have figured out that some people actually prefer hearing the NASA PAO instead of their own talking heads.  CNN and MSNBC seem to think people love the sound of their anchors' voices.
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*you think "shuttle launch" anytime you see/hear someone/somthing counting backwards
*you adjust your steering wheel, lock the doors, and check your mirrors is if it's part of a launch countdown
Guilty of both. I'm learning to drive currently, so just about everything I do has a mental 'checklist'.


Also guilty of both.  It's more fun at night, though.  You feel a little more enclosed like you're in the cabin.

* You use up all the hot water in the shower because you daydream about the various stages of getting ready for liftoff and the actual liftoff

* You daydream about said stages and liftoff while doing your business in the restroom
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Post by: simonbp on 10/23/2007 07:53 PM
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GraphGuy - 22/10/2007  9:50 AM

*When you write GIS software for a living and yet wonder how it can be used in space.

What do you think they do at the astrogeology branch of the USGS in Flagstaff, AZ? Somebody has to do the cartography for all those Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Io, Europa, Titan, etc maps...

http://webgis.wr.usgs.gov/

Simon ;)
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Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 10/24/2007 04:18 AM
*You go to the 2nd grade space event fully dressed in a NASA flight suit (well, I was in the first grade and going to go to KSC for the first time in a month)
*while everyone else is told to research a planet and is given a month to research a planet, you are told to do the ISS and just go up front and recite everything by the seat of your pants ( 6th grade)
*You force your new puppy to watch NASA tv webcast during the shuttle launch (and she seemed to enjoy it)
* In quotes from a girl I know "ive always thought with a little more confidence and a little less space talk you could get the ladies"  I decided that "the ladies" were less important
* in AOE class, you watch a delta IV launch rather than listen to the teacher talk about subsonic lift
*you have ever played a drinking game to NASA-TV
*When asking an astronaut/cosmonaut a question, you have to 'dumb it down' because they did not understand your original question
*When a NASA educator comes by with a shuttle tile from Columbia that has flown in space (not on sts-107 it was removed post sts-2), you throw out your cookies and wipe up the paint chips that came off and put them in the baggie the cookies were in because they were "in space"  then don't talk to your mom after she throws said bag away because "it was just an empty bag"
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 10/24/2007 04:49 AM
"* In quotes from a girl I know "ive always thought with a little more confidence and a little less space talk you could get the ladies" I decided that "the ladies" were less important "

GUILTY!! ;) However, I finally found a girl who can get into this stuff as much as I can and now we'll be married in two years.
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Post by: AnimatorRob on 10/24/2007 02:49 PM
* When your photographer wife is talking about PMA ( Photo Marketing Association ) you're thinking Pressurized Mating Adapter.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 10/24/2007 07:39 PM
When you have to look at every TLA and have to decide based upon the context if it is space related or not...

Is it the Department of Energy or the Department of Education (DOE)?
Is if the National Space Society or the National Speleological Society (NSS)?
(And for Jim ;) Is it Marshall or National Institute of Health (NIH)?
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Post by: HIPAR on 10/24/2007 08:13 PM
* When you're watching the astronauts on NASA TV assemble the ISS on a Sunday afternoon while the 'Big Game' is on NFL Sunday Ticket

* When you know as much about the EVA as they do because you memorized the mission profile

* When you drove a barely drivable 1953 Chevy from New Jersey to Goddard Space Flight Center after being invited there by a NASA employee you encountered at a space exhibit in the local shopping mall (1963)

---  CHAS
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Post by: vt_hokie on 10/24/2007 08:39 PM
* People start to complain about you bringing up the alleged Blackstar TSTO system too often!  :laugh:
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Post by: Ford Mustang on 10/24/2007 08:50 PM
* You are supposed to be taking a test, but watch the hi-res 1.2mbps stream instead, so you can see launch, LIVE.  ;)
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Post by: Mark Dave on 10/25/2007 09:39 PM
For me STS-122's launch really will show the space geek I am. :) My birthday, and for any space geek what would be more cool than having a launch as a present.
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Post by: Ford Mustang on 10/25/2007 10:46 PM
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MarkD - 25/10/2007  5:39 PM

For me STS-122's launch really will show the space geek I am. :) My birthday, and for any space geek what would be more cool than having a launch as a present.

Being at the launch in person!  I'd love that as a birthday present!  ;)

Are you gonna go to it in person?
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Post by: Jim on 10/25/2007 11:01 PM
There is a trifecta in some circles around here.  It is when all three happen on the same day: payday, launch and getting some.......  For some, the first are easier to arrange
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Post by: PhalanxTX on 10/26/2007 11:59 AM
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MarkD - 25/10/2007  4:39 PM

For me STS-122's launch really will show the space geek I am. :) My birthday, and for any space geek what would be more cool than having a launch as a present.

I share the same birthday as Sally Ride. :)
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Post by: Gary on 10/26/2007 01:36 PM
First flight of this year was June 8th - My Birthday :laugh:
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Post by: brihath on 10/26/2007 02:08 PM
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Jim - 25/10/2007  7:01 PM

There is a trifecta in some circles around here.  It is when all three happen on the same day: payday, launch and getting some.......  For some, the first are easier to arrange


Launch and "docking" on the same day?  Do you do an RPM prior to?
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Post by: zerm on 10/26/2007 02:17 PM
Here's some from the Apollo era...

*You name your cat ALSEP

*Your parents let you stay home from school to watch all of the launches, power descents, EVAs and reentrys.

*You were cheering when you heard on the radio that Conrad and Kerwin freed the stuck Skylab solar panel.

*Instead of rock and roll music coming from your room and annoying the whole family, you have the capcom "beep" from your Apollo tapes being played... all the time.

*Among all of the framed items you have hanging on your wall, you have a "Thoughts on Spaceflight" paper by Hermann Oberth... autographed.

Finally...

*You get out of the airline business and get into the model rocket business.
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Post by: spaceshuttle on 10/27/2007 01:23 AM
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Jim - 25/10/2007  7:01 PM

There is a trifecta in some circles around here.  It is when all three happen on the same day: payday, launch and getting some.......  For some, the first are easier to arrange


Launch and "docking" on the same day?  Do you do an RPM prior to?

Man, I love it!  :laugh:
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Post by: makims on 10/27/2007 02:01 AM
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C5C6 - 22/10/2007  8:34 PM

when you can't remember how many times you've repeated calls like "go at throttle up" or "GLS is go for auto sequence start" being all alone, and moving your hands as if it was the space shuttle taking off..........or when you watch a space related video and repeat it dozens of times in your head......


Totaly agreed :cool: I am doing that when I'm around month without a shuttle mission :laugh:

And when You are a geek when try to watch eva coverage on pc and sport on tv at the same time,but match with muted sound.Secondly when you searching the net to find list of all launches and checked it status daily :bleh:
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Post by: davcbow on 10/30/2007 05:53 AM
I know I'm A Space Geek when in between Shuttle missions I watch "From the Earth to the Moon" for the 10,000th time or watch the raw Apollo footage from the landings again and again over and over.
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Post by: Maxim_NZ on 10/30/2007 07:20 AM
You get up at 5am on a Sunday morning because there is an 88 degree flyover of the ISS, and check www.heavens-above.com on a frequent basis for the next decent flyover...
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/01/2007 07:32 PM
*When you're room looks like this (OK I'm younger than most of you, but it still counts!) ;)  ;)
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Post by: Seattle Dave on 11/01/2007 08:16 PM
*when you get angry with the network news not previewing the EVA as their top story.
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Post by: ckiki lwai on 11/01/2007 08:27 PM
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ShuttleDiscovery - 1/11/2007  9:32 PM

*When you're room looks like this (OK I'm younger than most of you, but it still counts!) ;)  ;)

I have some posters too in my room but wow, looks very nice, what comments have got when people were in you room? :)
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/01/2007 08:29 PM
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ShuttleDiscovery - 1/11/2007  9:32 PM

*When you're room looks like this (OK I'm younger than most of you, but it still counts!) ;)  ;)

I have some posters too in my room but wow, looks very nice, what comments have got when people were in you room? :)

Geek!  :laugh:
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Post by: Bubbinski on 11/01/2007 08:41 PM
You are a space geek when you plan to be AWAKE at 4:28 am Mountain time Saturday for STS-120 EVA 4.
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/01/2007 08:43 PM
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ShuttleDiscovery - 1/11/2007  9:32 PM

*When you're room looks like this (OK I'm younger than most of you, but it still counts!) ;)  ;)

I have some posters too in my room but wow, looks very nice, what comments have got when people were in you room? :)

I've got a couple more pics if you want to see... ;)
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Post by: skyguy on 11/01/2007 08:58 PM
* When you step out of the delivery room during the birth of your first child to watch a shuttle launch (STS-41-C)

(My wife does not let me forget this - still married, though)
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Post by: makims on 11/01/2007 09:38 PM
When  she's at the pad surround by the dark sky and You start to worry.
 During last spring when You can't stop thinking about hail.
Finaly when You play zoomed video (with sound)!  of  main engine ignition in your own head sometimes :laugh:
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Post by: hyper_snyper on 11/01/2007 09:44 PM
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makims - 1/11/2007  6:38 PM

... when You play zoomed video (with sound)!  of  main engine ignition in your own head sometimes :laugh:

Hell yea!  SSME ignition is a thing of beauty.  Also, ShuttleDiscovery, you win the thread.   :laugh:
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Post by: Antares on 11/02/2007 04:53 AM
When you complain that 99% of your coworkers aren't space geek enough.

When reach.mpg is part of your log-in script.

When you've been surrounded by rocket engines in 5 rooms on 2 continents in the span of 24 days.

When you've attempted to fashion a nozzle as a trailer hitch cover.

When you have a Space Shuttle 3-wood cover.

When you do all of your Christmas shopping at NASA gift shops and buy as much for yourself as you do for everyone else.

When you decide the astronaut selection process is bunk and decide to buy your way into space some day.

When launching boxes of electronics just isn't cutting it anymore.

When you lobby for your favorite VSE concept the way most people do their football team.

When you get really annoyed by the politics at work and then go watch a launch at Grills or Cocoa Beach and see people's excitement and realize it will always be the best job in the world.

When you classify sneezes by their Isp.
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Post by: Hoonte on 11/02/2007 08:48 AM
When you've registered to THIS (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com) site!
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Post by: brahmanknight on 11/02/2007 12:06 PM
When you are considering missing the homecoming game to watch the EVA.
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Post by: dninness on 11/02/2007 12:27 PM
* You take your six-year old son to see "In The Shadow of the Moon," and he can ID Buzz Aldrin, even with the Albert Finney eyebrows.

* Someone on an online forum that is nominally associated with Aerospace that you frequent takes the user name "SCE to Aux" and you know what it means. And nobody else does.

* An online friend drops an off-hand reference to "orbital skydiving" and "why doesn't the shuttle just fire its retro-rockets and drop straight down through the atmosphere.." and you reply with 17 paragraphs of crude math and imprecise metaphors and as many "layman's terms" as possible why there are guys "in the Trench" with slipsticks who would have figured that out already had it been physically possible.  (and then you brain explodes from trying to wrongly calculate the Delta-V of a 250 sec OMS burn as an example,  and getting a negative orbital velocity...)

* You wish you'd been smart enough to name a pet or a family member after a milestone in space exploration or just some cool acronym.   "Come here, MECO..."

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Post by: Hoonte on 11/02/2007 12:40 PM
When you can indenitfy this quote; 'Hey, you're really maneuvering around.'

Can you?
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Post by: spaceshuttle on 11/02/2007 01:02 PM
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ShuttleDiscovery - 1/11/2007 9:32 PM

*When you're room looks like this (OK I'm younger than most of you, but it still counts!)  ;)

Not bad! All I have is a shuttle model sitting smack-dab in the middle of me bedroom floor. *laughs*

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makims - 1/11/2007  5:38 PM

Finaly when You play zoomed video (with sound)!  of  main engine ignition in your own head sometimes :laugh:

How about ALL the time! Gotta love those shockwaves. :laugh:

otv-171, please!




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Post by: meiza on 11/02/2007 02:00 PM
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dninness - 2/11/2007  2:27 PM

* You take your six-year old son to see "In The Shadow of the Moon," and he can ID Buzz Aldrin, even with the Albert Finney eyebrows.


Whoa.
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Post by: Andy_Small on 11/02/2007 03:30 PM
got a couple more since this mission has been going on

*when you take the day off of work so you can watch the EVA planned for Friday and then it's canceled but you still take the day off so you can have your lap top tuned to NTV

*when your wife asks you a question and you answer by saying "Yeah I think we're go for that"

*when your college homework is replaced by nasaspaceflight.com on your lunch break at work

*when you say "Just five more minutes honey and then we can leave for work.  They are talking about the damaged solar array"

*when you get excited when your wife asks you anything space related so you can talk with your hands and think you're actually smart about this stuff but you know that there are people 10000 times smarter than you and they goto the same forum you do!
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/02/2007 04:44 PM
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hyper_snyper - 1/11/2007  11:44 PM

Also, ShuttleDiscovery, you win the thread.   :laugh:

Cheers!  ;)
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/02/2007 04:47 PM
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skyguy - 1/11/2007  10:58 PM

* When you step out of the delivery room during the birth of your first child to watch a shuttle launch (STS-41-C)

(My wife does not let me forget this - still married, though)

I don't blame your wife! That's just rude!   ;)  :laugh:
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Post by: Jim on 11/03/2007 02:54 PM
when you complain that the shuttle gets too much news coverage and the unmanned launches and mission get too little
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Post by: DwightM on 11/03/2007 03:00 PM
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Bubbinski - 1/11/2007  1:41 PM

You are a space geek when you plan to be AWAKE at 4:28 am Mountain time Saturday for STS-120 EVA 4.

Try 2 a.m. Alaska time.  It was worth it  :cool:
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Post by: trebloc on 11/03/2007 09:24 PM
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davcbow - 29/10/2007  7:53 AM

I know I'm A Space Geek when in between Shuttle missions I watch "From the Earth to the Moon" for the 10,000th time or watch the raw Apollo footage from the landings again and again over and over.

You must be my twin!!!
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Post by: Gary on 11/03/2007 09:49 PM
When you record today's entire EVA-4 spacewalk and the MMT then review it (11 hours of MPEG)..........
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Post by: Ankle-bone12 on 11/03/2007 10:24 PM
*When your in your car and you step on the gas a little harder and say "Roger, Go at throttle up."
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Post by: Jim on 11/07/2007 12:04 AM
No one can top this:

You graduated from Neil A. Armstrong High School and the shield on your class ring  is the CSM pointing down.  School mascot is Falcon

Your wife graduated from Astronaut High School and the LM is in the gem of her class ring.  School mascot is Eagle
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Post by: bigdukey on 11/07/2007 02:24 PM
When someone asks you if it's dark outside and you look at the mission control tracker to find out!

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Post by: Edgecrusher on 11/09/2007 04:54 PM
- You create a custom cover for your cellphone for each shuttle mission, based on the mission patch

- You have a tattoo on your arm of a scorpion, with its tail morphing into the astronaut emblem
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Post by: SpaceUSMC on 11/26/2007 03:27 AM
1. When you beg your wife to go to adult space camp with you.
2. When you have a special savings account just to save for your spaceship 2 ticket.
3. When you wish you had a full scale CSM simulator in your basement.
4. When you live in Deke Slaytons home town but know more about him than the people at the musem bearing his name.
5. Flying a single engine cessna with a fellow space geek is treated like its STS-1
6. When you name one of your children after an astronaut.
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Post by: spaceshuttle on 11/26/2007 03:37 AM
-You have a space shuttle as a mobile phone screensaver.
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Post by: eeergo on 11/26/2007 05:54 PM
When you draw things like this on your faculty's desk, and feel upset that you couldn't finish it before the classes ended for the day :laugh:  (and when the next day you want to kill the cleaning staff because they erased it overnight :angry: )
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/26/2007 06:07 PM
I do that too sometimes! :)
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Post by: ckiki lwai on 11/26/2007 06:14 PM
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eeergo - 26/11/2007  7:54 PM

When you draw things like this on your faculty's desk, and feel upset that you couldn't finish it before the classes ended for the day :laugh:  (and when the next day you want to kill the cleaning staff because they erased it overnight :angry: )

Beautiful stuff eeergo! they probably erase it because it would be too distracting for the other students ;)
I do my drawings on my books and notes, so I can take them with me :cool:
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Post by: punkboi on 11/26/2007 06:42 PM

When half the blogs I wrote on my Myspace page are about space missions (Dawn, Phoenix and Kaguya to be exact)...and there's not one person on my buddy list who seems the type who'd be interested enough to read 'em

EDIT: Back before New Horizons launched last year, I would constantly draw both the Atlas V and the spacecraft on pieces of paper whenever I was bored at work :bleh:

EDIT #2: Out of all the flaws in the movie (still my favorite of this year though, hahaha), the one that bothered me the most in Transformers was the "Beagle 2 Mars Rover" scene.  UGH.

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Post by: noname_77065 on 11/26/2007 10:00 PM
...you are eagerly anticipating the hyped (well by them) NASA.gov 5.0
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Post by: apollolanding on 12/02/2007 12:07 PM
When your son, since the age of two (he's four now), knows the separate stages of the Saturn V, Apollo CSM, Apollo LM, components of the Shuttle Stack, and can't wait to go to Florida this weekend for KSC.  He could care less about "The Mouse".  Same thing when he went to California with his grandparents last year.  He had more fun touring Ames then he did when they went to Disneyland.

I knew I was a hardcore geek when I was working at a different airport than I do now.  A construction worker and I were watching STS-95 launch with Glenn and he turns to me and proudly exclaims, "this is the first launch since Challenger blew up."  I politely corrected him but was just burning mad that the "average Joe" has little knowledge of what is going on above his head.
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Post by: spaceshuttle on 12/02/2007 12:20 PM
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apollolanding - 2/12/2007  7:07 AM

I knew I was a hardcore geek when I was working at a different airport than I do now.  A construction worker and I were watching STS-95 launch with Glenn and he turns to me and proudly exclaims, "this is the first launch since Challenger blew up."  I politely corrected him but was just burning mad that the "average Joe" has little knowledge of what is going on above his head.

I would have SNAPPED!  :laugh:

You know you're a space geek when you stare at the webcams daily to watch the external tank tan.
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Post by: apollolanding on 12/02/2007 06:58 PM
When your instant messaging program plays Quindar Tones when sending or receiving a message.
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Post by: Mark Dave on 12/02/2007 08:59 PM
I tend to correct people too if they talk to me on space stuff. If they shrug it off, oh well. It shows they don't really care. I only talk to people who understand it and I relate to.
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Post by: bodge on 12/02/2007 10:40 PM
When you build a binder full of lifting body designs for fun :)
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Post by: spaceshuttle on 12/03/2007 04:18 PM
...when you constantly check the wind patterns to figure out which OTV camera NASA will use on launch day.

*cough*071*cough*
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Post by: punkboi on 12/03/2007 07:38 PM

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bodge - 2/12/2007 3:40 PM When you build a binder full of lifting body designs for fun :)

I have three binders worth of space-related article clippings that I cut out from newspapers...dating back to 1989.  I had a fourth binder...but lost it a couple years back. :(

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Post by: STS Tony on 12/12/2007 08:04 PM
When a recent dream involved ECO sensors :)
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Post by: Skinny on 12/12/2007 09:04 PM

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STS Tony - 12/12/2007 3:04 PM When a recent dream involved ECO sensors :)
 

When you look at the CNN site and you start to wonder...

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Post by: Karen on 12/13/2007 07:07 AM
--When you roll the TV cart outside and take your 4th period math class outside to watch the Shuttle launch, stand during a 40 minute hold (pre-ISS missions) holding a UHF antenna in just the right position above the TV to get reception from the UHF translator 30 miles away. (We finally did get to see the launch, and they remembered it and reminded me of it for the next few years.)

--When you submit your application to be an educator astronaut just two days after the Columbia accident.

--When you are voted by the Senior class as the teacher who is the biggest nerd (space-nerd that is--I took it as a compliment. :cool: )
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 12/13/2007 07:54 AM

This Space Geeks Study, with only half the books and binders shown... ;)

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Post by: MATTBLAK on 12/13/2007 08:06 AM

...When you still have the Manned Marship drawing you made 28 years ago when you were only 14!! NOTE -- The name of the ship..............

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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/13/2007 12:04 PM
Enterprise in front of 50,000 fans at Stansted Airport outside of London :)
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Post by: jabe on 12/13/2007 01:11 PM
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MATTBLAK - 13/12/2007  4:06 AM

...When you still have the Manned Marship drawing you made 28 years ago when you were only 14!! NOTE -- The name of the ship..............

I may have this one beat..I still have the diagrams of my space ship AND the model of it I built 30 years ago...I was 14 as well..I'll have to post a picture of it... :)..
 CAn't wait to show my 3 year old when he gets older....oh what a geek I am.. ;)
jb
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Post by: Jason Davies on 12/13/2007 05:04 PM
...when L2 is the single most coolest thing you've ever had on your computer, ever.
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Post by: jiehrlich on 12/13/2007 05:26 PM
... when you have to give your kids a bath during a countdown, so you set your Treo on the counter in the bathroom and stream NASA TV to watch it
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 12/13/2007 05:59 PM
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Gary - 13/12/2007  12:58 PM

I recently moved house. As part of the decoration I just had to get these printed and put them up:

They're a bit wonky!  ;)  ;)
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Post by: punkboi on 12/13/2007 06:05 PM

...when you've become severely depressed whenever a shuttle launch is scrubbed.

Just kidding...about the 'severe' part. :bleh:

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Post by: Flightstar on 12/14/2007 03:47 PM
..where there's no room left in the garage for the car because of files of archived papers from work over the years.
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Post by: Michael22090 on 12/15/2007 01:02 AM
When you are pumping gas and say things such as "LH2 tank pressurized" or "three main engines ready for ignition" (among other things) out loud and the person at the next pump over gives you a weird look.  :laugh:  I know because I did that two nights ago.
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Post by: Quindar on 12/15/2007 01:26 AM
When you run out of supplies because you were waiting for the Progress to dock...
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Post by: triddirt on 12/15/2007 01:34 PM
Wife gets you a computer chair for your birthday with a sign attached "Commander Tom"
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Post by: Austin on 12/15/2007 10:33 PM
You gun the accelerator in your V-6 Jeep and try to lean forward against the acceleration, doing a quick arm check to climate and radio controls to practice arm movements under "higher G conditions."

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Post by: scienceguy on 12/15/2007 11:18 PM
You have a couple of hours to kill and you do physics calculations.
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Post by: Suzy on 12/16/2007 01:02 AM
When trying to cross a busy road, seeing an upcoming gap in traffic as a "launch window" :)
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Post by: Suzy on 12/16/2007 01:59 AM

Quick sketches done in 2001, at a former horrid job (that wasn't space-related and is best forgotten) - wishing I were somewhere else: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
 

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Post by: MATTBLAK on 12/16/2007 02:13 AM
Those are pretty good!! :cool:
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Post by: Suzy on 12/16/2007 02:37 AM
They were done from my head/imagination (and in a hurry), so they are not very accurate! :)
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Post by: pr1268 on 12/19/2007 02:53 AM
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Suzy - 15/12/2007  9:37 PM

They were done from my head/imagination (and in a hurry), so they are not very accurate! :)

Wow! You could've fooled me.  These are wonderfully artistic.  Not bad for "doodling."  ;)
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Post by: safir on 12/23/2007 05:37 AM
* When you like long procedures & checklists for many things you do!

* When you've registered in this forum! :D
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Post by: Chonner on 12/25/2007 08:54 PM
- When you get given a pack of the souvenir astronaut ice cream for Christmas 3 times from 3 different people :) Looks like its dehydrated ice cream for breakfast tomorrow!
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Post by: NASAGeek on 12/26/2007 01:11 AM
When you share a birthday with John Young.

When you watch Nasa TV alot. Guilty of this.

you start using nominal and other NASA words in everyday language at work and everyone looks at you weird.

When your Grandma's dog is named meeko and you Think MECO
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Post by: Gary on 12/26/2007 01:30 AM
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you start using nominal and other NASA words in everyday language at work and everyone looks at you weird.

:laugh:

I have a mail folder called "In Work" and I've used NASA terms for various issues... It's amazing how many ways that NASA do things DO translate well into other companies.
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Post by: JJ.. on 12/30/2007 10:04 PM
ive started using the term "out of family" when describing "off nomimal situations" (lol)

JJ..
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Post by: Andy L on 12/31/2007 03:53 AM
you want to name your band T-31, and insist the first track to be released is Auto Sequence Start (and I'm not joking!)
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Post by: mduncan36 on 12/31/2007 05:01 AM
When you understand and agree with everything posted so far.
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Post by: apollolanding on 01/01/2008 04:17 PM
When you've named your house, your parent's house and your space geek friends' houses Pad "street number".  There's Pad 121, Pad 403, Pad 403b, Pad 427... All of our worksites are "worksite name" Base.  MIV Base, Ridley Base, ILG Base.

Going to work is a "launch", leaving work and driving your car home is referred to as the "deorbit burn", turning onto your street is "reentry" and pulling into your driveway is "landing".

When one of your friends names your pickup the CRV "Crew Return Vehicle".

You and your friends' home computer networks are named after space programs:  Mine is Apollo, my brother's is Mercury, my friend who has a twin brother is of course Gemini, etc.  Then each computer on your home network is named by launch vehicle.  When you buy a new computer, you have a new suffix added ie. Saturn III, Titan II, Redstone V.
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Post by: ckiki lwai on 01/01/2008 05:09 PM
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apollolanding - 1/1/2008  6:17 PM

You and your friends' home computer networks are named after space programs:  Mine is Apollo, my brother's is Mercury, my friend who has a twin brother is of course Gemini, etc.  Then each computer on your home network is named by launch vehicle.  When you buy a new computer, you have a new suffix added ie. Saturn III, Titan II, Redstone V.

lol, I do the same with my computer stuff! I got an external hard drive for my laptop and I named it Saturn V because of its heavy storage capability (500GB), and I named my old computer Mir because it had a lot of problems but it is still working. :bleh:
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Post by: simonbp on 01/01/2008 06:43 PM
Yeah, my desktop is Orion, and my new laptop Altair...

Simon ;)
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Post by: astrobrian on 01/01/2008 06:47 PM
When you back out of the driveway saying clear all moorings, and secure docking clamps
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Post by: brahmanknight on 01/04/2008 03:13 PM
You watch highlights to spacewalks while playing video games.
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Post by: GSE pad rat on 01/04/2008 04:15 PM
When you spend time on the web looking for more information on non-toxic hypergols.
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Post by: Rob in KC on 01/04/2008 04:23 PM
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GSE pad rat - 4/1/2008  11:15 AM

When you spend time on the web looking for more information on non-toxic hypergols.

Oh I don't know. Look at the Google Searches Top 5 from last month:

1) American Idol
2) Non-Toxic Hypergols
3) Britney Spears
4) Hilary Clinton
5) Ponies
 
;)
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Post by: SpaceCat on 01/04/2008 05:13 PM
LOL @ Rob :)

You can always tell a slow space news day when this thread jumps to the top.  How about this one.....

You live in Florida, buy a "police" radio scanner, and program it with NOTHING BUT KSC and CCAFS frequencies.
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 01/05/2008 08:41 PM
*When your latest piece of GSCE art coursework looks like this!  ;)
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Post by: Colds7ream on 01/08/2008 03:05 PM
When you're medical school colleagues ask why you're studying medicine instead of rocket physics or something.

When, instead of revising for your medical exams, you spend your time building an ISS pressurized modules table on Wikipedia.

When your university room looks like this! :laugh:
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 01/08/2008 03:14 PM
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Colds7ream - 8/1/2008  4:05 PM

Having trouble adding pictures...

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They may be too big. Try importing them into some sort of paint program (I use Paint.net) to reduce the size a little bit and then they should upload successfully. :)
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Post by: Colds7ream on 01/08/2008 03:25 PM
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ShuttleDiscovery - 8/1/2008  4:14 PM

They may be too big. Try importing them into some sort of paint program (I use Paint.net) to reduce the size a little bit and then they should upload successfully. :)

Thanks for the advice! :-)
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 01/08/2008 03:33 PM
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Colds7ream - 8/1/2008  4:25 PM

Thanks for the advice! :-)


Don't mention it - it happens to me all the time!  ;)
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Post by: HKS on 01/31/2008 06:01 PM
When you are writing "Go at Throttle up!" and "MECO" while transfering files over MSN!
:)
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 02/04/2008 06:32 PM
When you have a coaster on you're bed side table (made from Hama beads) that looks like this:  ;)
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Post by: spaceaholic on 02/05/2008 12:32 AM
When your house is cluttered with more space technology then furniture!
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Post by: Andy L on 02/05/2008 02:25 AM
WOW, you have actual hardware!
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Post by: astrobrian on 02/05/2008 06:48 AM
here is my 2 cents to the wall collections, not as organized though.
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 02/05/2008 01:17 PM
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spaceaholic - 5/2/2008  1:32 AM

When your house is cluttered with more space technology then furniture!

Where did you get that CBM hatch!?   :laugh:
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Post by: spaceaholic on 02/05/2008 02:41 PM
The US Common Hatch (CBM Hatch) was recovered from a salvage yard in Huntsville Alabama after being scrapped by Boeing (there were actually 2 of them - this unit and a less complete hatch plate that went to another collector). Here are a couple of better images of the hatch (the object on the left side foreground of the second image is a Freon 21 Accumulator Pump Package from the the Shuttle. There are additional pictures of the hatch on my website page here ( http://www.spaceaholic.com/us_artifacts.htm )

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Post by: brahmanknight on 02/05/2008 02:56 PM
Spaceaholic, you win.  Hands down!
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Post by: James (Lockheed) on 02/05/2008 11:42 PM
...when you're going to hire this for the kids birthday party....

(ain't no foam coming off this baby  :laugh:  )
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Post by: generic_handle_42 on 02/05/2008 11:52 PM
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James (Lockheed) - 5/2/2008  7:42 PM

...when you're going to hire this for the kids birthday party....

(ain't no foam coming off this baby  :laugh:  )

When you actually rent the thing, and then return it repainted with the fleet's current wing and fuselage markings.
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Post by: astrobrian on 02/06/2008 12:15 AM
I saw that thing on a store near JSC about a year and a half ago :)
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Post by: SpikeSpiegel on 02/06/2008 12:49 AM
my god, spaceaholic what DON'T you have?  how bout i trade you my son for that Apollo control pannel?  

ok, how bout this. You know your a space geek when you want john young to be on Orion's first launch.
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Post by: astrobrian on 02/06/2008 03:47 AM
took me a bit to find the picture I was referring to,  isn't exactly the same one, but I wouldn't mind having it :)
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 02/06/2008 04:00 PM
When you look at this photo of Megan McArthur and realise she looks just like my mum! (no kidding!) :)

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-125/lores/jsc2008e008440.jpg
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Post by: ckiki lwai on 02/06/2008 05:49 PM
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ShuttleDiscovery - 6/2/2008  6:00 PM

When you look at this photo of Megan McArthur and realise she looks just like my mum! (no kidding!) :)

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-125/lores/jsc2008e008440.jpg

That has to be scary, I hope you sleep well tonight  ;)
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Post by: Oberon_Command on 02/06/2008 07:01 PM
When you compulsively watch The Dream is Alive every time you do badly on a test, and it actually cheers you up.
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Post by: johng on 02/06/2008 08:55 PM
You just worked 11 hours on a design report and you still stop at the SLF to watch landing practice on your way home.
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Post by: NavySpaceFan on 03/23/2008 11:25 PM
This is your office (pics 1-3)

One of your cats is named MECO (pic 4)
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Post by: Dana on 03/24/2008 04:23 AM
You're out walking in the moonlight with a young lady and she sees you look up at the full moon, and she asks you, "What are you thinking?"

And you stop and start pointing out Apollo landing sites: "That's the Sea of Tranquillity, that's where Apollo 11 landed.....over there is the Ocean of Storms....Fra Mauro right next to it....."
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Post by: jeff.findley on 03/25/2008 05:06 PM
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hyper_snyper - 21/10/2007  10:25 PM

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Andy_Small - 21/10/2007  10:21 PM

....

* when your Nephew wants to be an Astronaut so bad for Halloween because you show him launch footage on your computer


* and you actually have a spacesuit for him to wear.

Actually, I've got two different kid sized suits and one adult size for me.   They're all white EMU's complete with backpacks.  :)

My (then) two kids and I have been astronauts more than once.   I can't seem to get the third one interested in being an astronaut for Halloween.  She keeps wearing her older sister's old dance costumes instead.
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Post by: eugene on 03/25/2008 05:07 PM
* You're out camping with friends and gazing up at the stars when you notice a satellite moving across the sky. You tell your friends that you'll be able to see the satellite again in approximately 94.13 minutes... and then you stay up to see if you're right.
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Post by: jeff.findley on 03/25/2008 05:10 PM
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NavySpaceFan - 23/3/2008  8:25 PM

This is your office (pics 1-3)

One of your cats is named MECO (pic 4)

I've got too many space related pictures on my cube wall to count.  But they're almost all ones bought from gift shops at NASA centers, NASM, and etc., so they're nothing special.  

The guy next to me used to work for Harris and has a huge picture of a satellite being deployed by the shuttle and it is signed by all the guys at Harris who worked with him on the deployable antennas.  The other guy next to me used to work for NASA at JSC and worked a bit in mission control on a couple missions.

We all write CAE software for a living.
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Post by: Antares on 03/26/2008 03:28 AM
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Dana - 24/3/2008  12:23 AM
You're out walking in the moonlight with a young lady and she sees you look up at the full moon, and she asks you, "What are you thinking?"

And you stop and start pointing out Apollo landing sites: "That's the Sea of Tranquillity, that's where Apollo 11 landed.....over there is the Ocean of Storms....Fra Mauro right next to it....."
Is it worse or better when she corrects you?
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Post by: mattrog on 03/26/2008 09:29 AM
* You are playing with your daughters Duplo and build this:
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Post by: Antares on 04/06/2008 11:39 PM
I saw one of these today.  Figured it might be of interest for folks with themed offices and rooms.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=276026-1811-SPS42MBKS4C&detail=cr&lpage=none

Actually, Chris should see if Lowes wants to advertise this here.
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Post by: Andy USA on 08/24/2008 04:10 PM
...you see the olympic flame and think of the tower near the launch pad ahead of launch :)

Got to say the London 10 minute show at the closing ceremony was fracking amazing. Transformer red bus coming out of an awesome animation before Jimmy Page rocks out the stadium. Noticed David Beckham got the biggest cheer of the whole show, the Chinese went crazy.
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Post by: Regolith on 08/24/2008 08:30 PM
...you reply to this thread <;~)]
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Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 08/25/2008 05:57 PM
you have a zip-lock back with a few paint chips that fell off a tile that flew on Columbia in the early 1980's.
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Post by: punkboi on 08/26/2008 06:06 AM
You begin saving up money to fly back to Orlando, Florida after your last visit (for me: last week) to Orlando was ruined by a tropical storm.  And you couldn't visit KSC 'cause it was shut down.  Friggin' Fay.
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Post by: bish48 on 11/11/2008 02:06 PM
Having read this, I know I am, but at least I have learnt I still have a long, long, long way to go. You guys kill me.
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Post by: Gene DiGennaro on 11/11/2008 02:28 PM
I saw one of these today.  Figured it might be of interest for folks with themed offices and rooms.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=276026-1811-SPS42MBKS4C&detail=cr&lpage=none

Actually, Chris should see if Lowes wants to advertise this here.


That is just too cool! If only the fan blades looked like solar panels!
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Post by: kevin-rf on 11/11/2008 02:46 PM
Have never visited your grandmother in rockledge without making a detour to visit the cape ;)

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...you see the olympic flame and think of the tower near the launch pad ahead of launch

You see the Olympic flame and think ooops, pointy side down ;)
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Post by: Aobrien on 11/11/2008 03:31 PM
When you play a space shuttle simulator(SSM-2007) ;)
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Post by: Aobrien on 11/11/2008 03:31 PM
When you post in this topic. :D
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Post by: ImperfectSense on 11/12/2008 10:34 PM
When your only jewelry decision is whether you'll wear the necklace containing dust from a Lunar or a Martian meteorite today

When your coworkers (at a major Aerospace company) know you as Rocket Girl

When you always shed tears during the re-enactment of Apollo 11's launch at the Saturn V Center in Kennedy Space Center, no matter how many times you go

When you spend the majority of a day at KSC sitting on the bench at the base of the Saturn V rocket

When you are building a paper model of the Saturn V in 1:48th scale, and have hand-scored the kapton tape lines on the Command Module, even though they will be hidden under the Boost Protective Cover

When you hijack one of the plasma TV's used to monitor security cameras at work and tune it in to NASA TV for every launch

When you feel that dying while riding Mission:Space at Disney wouldn't be so bad after all
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Post by: Aobrien on 11/13/2008 02:00 AM
When you make 2 space shuttle paper models, a crawler, and an MLP. :D
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Post by: robertross on 11/13/2008 02:09 AM
When everyone around you rolls their eyes when you bring up another aspect of space news you read on nasaspaceflight's forum

When your still single...

When you drive in to work on a weekend to watch live NASA events: launches, spacewalks, landings.

When you get mad as hell when the country's main TV news station doesn't even carry EVA clips from the day.

You're happy to settle with NASA audio because you're too cheap to pay for broadband. Hence the drive to work  :)

When a spaceflight forum's L2 updates start encroaching on work time...
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Post by: Aobrien on 11/13/2008 02:25 AM
When you are known around the school as the "Space Nerd" and on nerd day they say you don't need to dress up.

When people get you mad by making a red X through the NASA symbol.

When you go insane when people think the space shuttle lands on the moon and land in the water.

When people say "What is the Space Shuttle" you pass out. :)
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Post by: astrobrian on 11/13/2008 02:52 AM
When you devote 14 months to planning the perfect trip to see a launch :)
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 11/13/2008 03:42 AM
When you put the STS-107 emblem on your high school letter jacket...

When you modify a NASA flight jacket to be equipped with velcro so you can change the patch on the arm with each passing mission...

When you go to Disney World in Orlando for five days and can't think of anything else other than the expected trip to KSC at the end of the week...

When you ask your boss to create your schedule around the upcoming shuttle launch windows...
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Post by: cpcjr on 11/13/2008 04:36 AM
When you specifically book mark this topic.

When you know the names of all of the Shuttle Orbiters, but do not know the name of any of your neighbors.

When you observe a moment of silence on the date and time of both Shuttle accidents with, no mater where you are.

When drool over a peace of space hardware on e-bay and it bugs you that you can’t afford it.

When you can run rocket calculations in your head, but can’t get your tax return right.

When have of written a computer programs from scratch to simulate space flight scenarios.

When you have stayed up late to watch a night launch or landing.
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 11/13/2008 04:44 AM
When you wake up your roommate across the hall cheering a shuttle off the launch pad...

When you memorize the first and last names of all the astronauts in orbit and on the crews of the remaining shuttle flights...

When you buy two copies of each shuttle mission patch so you can put one on your flight jacket and have another one for your collection...

When asked to do a persuasive presentation in a public speaking class, you start looking into various options regarding the new STS-125 launch date and try to persuade them to launch in February instead of March/April...
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Post by: gospacex on 11/13/2008 11:04 AM
When your only jewelry decision is whether you'll wear the necklace containing dust from a Lunar or a Martian meteorite today

When your coworkers (at a major Aerospace company) know you as Rocket Girl

When you always shed tears during the re-enactment of Apollo 11's launch at the Saturn V Center in Kennedy Space Center, no matter how many times you go

When you spend the majority of a day at KSC sitting on the bench at the base of the Saturn V rocket

When you are building a paper model of the Saturn V in 1:48th scale, and have hand-scored the kapton tape lines on the Command Module, even though they will be hidden under the Boost Protective Cover

When you hijack one of the plasma TV's used to monitor security cameras at work and tune it in to NASA TV for every launch

When you feel that dying while riding Mission:Space at Disney wouldn't be so bad after all

We need to clone you
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Post by: robertross on 11/13/2008 02:09 PM
I second that!
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Post by: Gene DiGennaro on 11/13/2008 02:16 PM
When you feel that dying while riding Mission:Space at Disney wouldn't be so bad after all

Ah yes Mission Space, that's when I learned that I'm not the wannabe astronaut material I once thought I was! I really thought we were going to go over that cliff after overshooting the runway and all the fun would start again.

Too bad Chris doesn't include a barfing smiley for this message...Still it's the coolest ride I've ever been on.
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Post by: ImperfectSense on 11/13/2008 04:41 PM
When your only jewelry decision is whether you'll wear the necklace containing dust from a Lunar or a Martian meteorite today

When your coworkers (at a major Aerospace company) know you as Rocket Girl

When you always shed tears during the re-enactment of Apollo 11's launch at the Saturn V Center in Kennedy Space Center, no matter how many times you go

When you spend the majority of a day at KSC sitting on the bench at the base of the Saturn V rocket

When you are building a paper model of the Saturn V in 1:48th scale, and have hand-scored the kapton tape lines on the Command Module, even though they will be hidden under the Boost Protective Cover

When you hijack one of the plasma TV's used to monitor security cameras at work and tune it in to NASA TV for every launch

When you feel that dying while riding Mission:Space at Disney wouldn't be so bad after all

We need to clone you


3 clones please... One will have to continue going to work at my current job, the second will have to get a second job to help support me and my other clone, the third will go back to school full time for me so I can finish my Aerospace Engineering degree, and then I myself will just bum around on the beach near KSC full time until my resume is ready to get a job at NASA :)
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Post by: dcbecker on 11/13/2008 05:15 PM
When you're on vacation in Sarasota, and there is a morning shuttle launch with a 20% chance of launch due to weather, and you decide to get up very early to make a 3 hour drive to the Cape on the slim chance that it launches, with no tickets and just find a spot on the shore in Titusville to watch, and then turn right around afterward to get back, and your wife cant believe you did that.

Happiness is when it actually launches in a short break in the weather.

Dan
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Post by: Jim on 11/13/2008 05:27 PM
When you lived in LA in the mid 80's and would listen for the deorbit call for Florida.  If there was a wave off and a redirect for EAFB, you jump in your car and high tail it to EAFB to watch the landing
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Post by: iamlucky13 on 11/13/2008 07:17 PM
Oohhh...a couple of these hit a little close to home
When you know the names of all of the Shuttle Orbiters, but do not know the name of any of your neighbors.
Now wait a second, that's not quite true. I know "Ross" because he came over one night to borrow a lighter for "mellowing out."
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When you can run rocket calculations in your head, but can’t get your tax return right.
In all fairness, the rocket equation does not ask you to multiply line 17 by your number of dependents, subtract lines 15, 16, and 17 from line 21, and look up the value for line 22 in form 107b using line 21, and attach copies of all W-2's.
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When you have stayed up late to watch a night launch or landing.
Ok good...I must be normal since you didn't include staying up late to watch encore presentations of space history shows, setting an alarm to get up early to watch a launch or landing, or keeping a set of headphones at your desk at work soley for discretely watching launch or landing coverage.
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When you lived in LA in the mid 80's and would listen for the deorbit call for Florida.  If there was a wave off and a redirect for EAFB, you jump in your car and high tail it to EAFB to watch the landing

Had you already derived an equation for how fast you needed to drive to get there in time based on elapsed time from de-orbit burn to redirect? (doesn't apply to me, but I got a kick out of it) :D

Also...

...when you see a satellite while stargazing with a special someone, and you can either tell them what it was, or you take a note of the time and approximate inclination so you can look it up as soon as you get home.

...when you get distracted while walking a special someone to their door by a particularly good view of your favorite planet (Saturn) or star (Betelgeuse).

...when you look forward to camping as much for the unpolluted skies as for the nature and solitude.

...when you sort your trash into recycling, garbage, or potential rocket parts.
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Post by: robertross on 11/13/2008 09:45 PM
When your only jewelry decision is whether you'll wear the necklace containing dust from a Lunar or a Martian meteorite today

When your coworkers (at a major Aerospace company) know you as Rocket Girl

When you always shed tears during the re-enactment of Apollo 11's launch at the Saturn V Center in Kennedy Space Center, no matter how many times you go

When you spend the majority of a day at KSC sitting on the bench at the base of the Saturn V rocket

When you are building a paper model of the Saturn V in 1:48th scale, and have hand-scored the kapton tape lines on the Command Module, even though they will be hidden under the Boost Protective Cover

When you hijack one of the plasma TV's used to monitor security cameras at work and tune it in to NASA TV for every launch

When you feel that dying while riding Mission:Space at Disney wouldn't be so bad after all

We need to clone you


3 clones please... One will have to continue going to work at my current job, the second will have to get a second job to help support me and my other clone, the third will go back to school full time for me so I can finish my Aerospace Engineering degree, and then I myself will just bum around on the beach near KSC full time until my resume is ready to get a job at NASA :)

With credentials like that, you're entitled to as many as required. The geek squad can make that happen.  :)

Of course geeks normally don't bum around on a beach (unless they have a laptop)  ;)
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Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 11/13/2008 09:50 PM
When you feel bad you aren't more of a space geek compared to what has been posted.......
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Post by: Jim on 11/13/2008 09:58 PM
When you look to see if you are able to do the steely eyed rocket scientist trifecta in one day.

1.  See or work a launch
2.  it's pay day
3.  and you participate in some "human relations"
 
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Post by: wjbarnett on 11/13/2008 10:03 PM
When you spend nearly every waking hour of the day within earshot of your PC playing the NASA ISS audiofeed, and regret having to answer the phone (requires muting the audiofeed) 
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Post by: ImperfectSense on 11/13/2008 10:05 PM
Of course geeks normally don't bum around on a beach (unless they have a laptop)  ;)

Oh trust me, I'm a geek, I'm actually working in IT at Boeing while going back to school for engineering

But you're right about the laptop...  I've got a Windows Mobile 6 cell phone with me everywhere I go, and I almost never use it to make actual phone calls  ;)
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Post by: robertross on 11/13/2008 10:49 PM
When you spend nearly every waking hour of the day within earshot of your PC playing the NASA ISS audiofeed, and regret having to answer the phone (requires muting the audiofeed) 

Go with dial-up, so the phone never rings!  Works for me!
Why would you let someone interrupt half-empty airtime anyway when they just might begin talking to mission control at any time?
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Post by: robertross on 11/13/2008 10:50 PM
Of course geeks normally don't bum around on a beach (unless they have a laptop)  ;)

Oh trust me, I'm a geek, I'm actually working in IT at Boeing while going back to school for engineering

But you're right about the laptop...  I've got a Windows Mobile 6 cell phone with me everywhere I go, and I almost never use it to make actual phone calls  ;)

Okay that counts. LOL
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Post by: Green013 on 11/13/2008 11:27 PM
Real quick question, if someone is assigned as MS2 does that automatically denote them as flight engineer on a shuttle mission?
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Post by: cpcjr on 11/14/2008 02:24 AM
Oohhh...a couple of these hit a little close to home
When you can run rocket calculations in your head, but can’t get your tax return right.
In all fairness, the rocket equation does not ask you to multiply line 17 by your number of dependents, subtract lines 15, 16, and 17 from line 21, and look up the value for line 22 in form 107b using line 21, and attach copies of all W-2's.
True but I was refering to more than just the rocket equation. When you include the affects of gravity it can get rather complicated partiularly for a launch.
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Post by: ckiki lwai on 11/14/2008 06:37 AM
Oohhh...a couple of these hit a little close to home
When you can run rocket calculations in your head, but can’t get your tax return right.
In all fairness, the rocket equation does not ask you to multiply line 17 by your number of dependents, subtract lines 15, 16, and 17 from line 21, and look up the value for line 22 in form 107b using line 21, and attach copies of all W-2's.
True but I was refering to more than just the rocket equation. When you include the affects of gravity it can get rather complicated partiularly for a launch.
and then you have the effects of drag... but I guess even the biggest geek can't calculate that in his head  :P

...when you meet people from elementary school after six year, and they tell you that every time they see something spaceflight related on TV, they think about you ;D
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/14/2008 06:46 AM
When you get out of bed extra early to check NSF before school!
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 11/14/2008 06:47 AM
When you give your dad a shopping list for patches to buy at JSC every time he goes to his HQ in Houston! (My collection is still growing lol!)
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Post by: Aobrien on 11/14/2008 11:12 AM
When you get out of bed extra early to check NSF before school!

Same thing going on here. ;)
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Post by: Justin Space on 11/14/2008 11:59 AM
When you have a loud, and fake, conversation on your mobile phone in a big queue at the sandwich shop, talking about tonight's launch, as a form of advertising for NASA ;D

"Oh hi mate, yeah, just getting lunch. Tonight? Yeah, shuttle Endeavour, you watching it too?...."
(People start to look out of the corner of their eyes - not everyday you hear someone say "shuttle Endeavour" in a sandwich shop in the middle of England.

"Yeah, it'll be on live on BBC and Sky News for sure, always is. Yeah, to the International Space Station. No mate, Atlantis is next year now. Discovery first in Feb. Anyway, in a queue, speak later."

You really have to keep a straight face though! ;D
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Post by: nacnud on 11/14/2008 01:26 PM
Hahahahaha! Nice one :)
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Post by: Devious on 11/15/2008 01:04 AM
You'd had a professor start class late since they realized there was no way you were going to pay attention until that rocket launched. (Delta IV Heavy!)

You're also jokingly called your school's first astronaut, and friends are truly afraid of what would happen if you ever got near rocket fuel. Would you launch something or would you launch yourself?
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Post by: robertross on 11/15/2008 03:41 PM
When you have a loud, and fake, conversation on your mobile phone in a big queue at the sandwich shop, talking about tonight's launch, as a form of advertising for NASA ;D

"Oh hi mate, yeah, just getting lunch. Tonight? Yeah, shuttle Endeavour, you watching it too?...."
(People start to look out of the corner of their eyes - not everyday you hear someone say "shuttle Endeavour" in a sandwich shop in the middle of England.

"Yeah, it'll be on live on BBC and Sky News for sure, always is. Yeah, to the International Space Station. No mate, Atlantis is next year now. Discovery first in Feb. Anyway, in a queue, speak later."

You really have to keep a straight face though! ;D

(bows his head with respect)  I love that. if I ever get a cell phone, that will be on my to-do list ;)

I simply bring it up in conversation with others when I'm in a lineup...not that they are listening or care (I pity them).
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Post by: Jones36 on 11/15/2008 06:25 PM
1. Collecting Mission Patches from the beginning.
2. Mandating any Honeymoon goes through KSC.
3. When the wife asks me stuff she knows she won't understand.
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Post by: iamlucky13 on 11/17/2008 05:41 PM
(bows his head with respect)  I love that. if I ever get a cell phone, that will be on my to-do list ;)

Haha...there's another one to add:

...when you rather have a [insert space collectable here] than a cell phone.
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Post by: nacnud on 11/18/2008 11:14 PM
You see US and think upper stage.
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Post by: Patchouli on 11/18/2008 11:35 PM
1. You know the difference between a solid rocket motor,a hybrid rocket motor, and a rocket engine.

2. Or you can tell a Soyuz from a Progress or an RS-68 from an SSME visually.

3. Know the type of computer used in the space shuttle what language was used to write it's software and that it's descended from the IBM 360 mainframe.

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Post by: TyMoore on 11/18/2008 11:37 PM
...or when your book wish list includes:

George P. Sutton's "Rocket Propulsion Elements, 7th Edition"

or Dieter K. Huzel's and David H. Huang's "Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)"

 :)
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Post by: flyright on 11/19/2008 03:33 AM
When as a six year old, you were late to school because your father made you watch the most incredible thing on a black and white TV: Alan Shepard riding a rocket into space!

...resulting in a nearly half century record of missing school and work because of inability to tear eyes away from live launch coverage.
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Post by: flyright on 11/19/2008 03:42 AM
When your wife has taken to hiding the TV remote so you won't be late to work again on the morning of a shuttle launch.
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Post by: Austin on 11/20/2008 12:03 AM
...whenever you reduce the heat on your stove while cooking, you announce that it is "throttling back in three-step fashion" and follow suit.
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Post by: Jim on 11/20/2008 12:11 AM
When you take your friends to their first shuttle launch on the causeway; and even though you are an ELV hugger, you still can make the GLS callouts before they happen.
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Post by: Jones36 on 11/20/2008 12:33 AM
Almost missing the bus for STS-1
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Post by: Austin on 11/20/2008 12:51 AM
When you take your friends to their first shuttle launch on the causeway; and even though you are an ELV hugger, you still can make the GLS callouts before they happen.

 :)
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Post by: yorky10 on 11/20/2008 03:27 AM
* your on the pull in a night club and you make the mistake of admitting what your biggest interest is and then if on the off chance she says "thats amazing" you immediately think she is the perfect woman even if she has got a face like the crawlerway after a rollout lol

* you get angry when people dont see that when you are waffling on about space shuttles that you are only trying to enrich their lives and educate them

* your laughing histerically at this thread... then your buddy says "I dont get it"

* you get angry when people call the ET the orange bit.

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Post by: wjbarnett on 11/20/2008 03:30 AM
When your wife calls asking you to search for a missing item and your reply back after the fruitless search is "no joy"
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Post by: Art LeBrun on 11/20/2008 03:42 AM
When you restlessly look at your watch at 10:21 PM the night before
the launch of Mariner 1 and say "6 hours to go" and the launch goes at
4:21 AM.
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Post by: usn_skwerl on 11/20/2008 07:18 AM
when you get bouts of depression because you can't find the three dozen or so mission patches you got from the respective astronauts. :(
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Post by: astrobrian on 11/20/2008 03:38 PM
When you fly home and after landing the first thing going through your mind is there are no post landing deltas
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Post by: guru on 11/20/2008 06:30 PM
*When your university chemistry professor (who probably forgot to prepare a lesson) decides to fill the time by drawing diagrams of random organic molecules as called out by the students, and has no idea what you're talking about when you say "hydroxyl terminated polybutadene".

*When the local rocket scientist comes to your math class to talk about rocketry and gets upset that you know the answers to all of his stump questions.

*When your sixth grade class nominates you to be the captain at the Star Trek simulation because your parents told the teacher you made a simulator in your basement.

*When the hiring board at an alt-space company audibly says "wooow!" to your knowledge of space trivia.

*When you left in the middle of your engineering masters program for the chance to work at a NASA space center.
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Post by: Jim on 11/20/2008 06:36 PM
When your co workers at either NASA or a major Aerospace firm, come to you for historical questions.
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Post by: guru on 11/20/2008 06:37 PM
When you opened the Boy Scout handbook requirements for the Space Travel merit badge, you'd already done all of it.
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Post by: Jim on 11/20/2008 06:38 PM
When people want you to bring down the documents in your attic so that you can digitized them
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Post by: guru on 11/20/2008 06:46 PM
When more than half of your professional publications deal with space travel scenarios unlikely to happen within your lifetime.
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Post by: I14R10 on 11/20/2008 07:26 PM
When people want you to bring down the documents in your attic so that you can digitized them

 ;D ;D It sounds a little familiar.
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Post by: khallow on 11/20/2008 07:28 PM
When more than half of your professional publications deal with space travel scenarios unlikely to happen within your lifetime.

Wow. That's impressive even by the standards of the thread.
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Post by: yorky10 on 11/20/2008 07:59 PM
When you devote 14 months to planning the perfect trip to see a launch :)

Ahhhhh, I know that one :)
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Post by: mtakala24 on 11/20/2008 09:00 PM
... you're suddenly hired to become the lecturer for the only Space Technology course in your university.
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Post by: robertross on 11/21/2008 02:27 AM
...your 'shuttle' to work needs Michelin tires as well.
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Post by: nacnud on 11/21/2008 04:59 AM
You some how end up on station time o_O
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Post by: STS Tony on 11/21/2008 05:50 AM
When the wife introduces you to some of her work collegues at a dinner party, and when she gets to "and this is Jim." you spend the rest of the night stopping youself from tapping him on the shoulder to say "What about those Delta IIs?" Before heading to the other room to slap your forehead, whilst repeating "THERE IS ONLY ONE JIM AND HE'S NOT AT MY DINNER PARTY GODDAMMIT!"
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Post by: MB123 on 11/21/2008 06:13 AM
When people want you to bring down the documents in your attic so that you can digitized them
haha
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Post by: Antares on 11/22/2008 06:02 AM
...or when your book wish list includes:

George P. Sutton's "Rocket Propulsion Elements, 7th Edition"

... you spent the time between graduation and your first day at work reading that book and correcting the errors, and now advise everyone to get the 6th edition that was actually written by Sutton (not Biblarz) or to check that the publisher has corrected all of the errors in the 7th.
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Post by: Colds7ream on 11/22/2008 11:09 AM
- When, whenever you get a food package from home, you think to yourself 'The Progress has docked!"

- You declare that the main priority of the University's Astronomy Society (of which you are President) is to go and see a shuttle launch next summer, and actively seek funding off the BRITISH university to do so. :)
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Post by: Aobrien on 12/18/2008 09:07 PM
When you are saving up for a space shuttle.
Wish they came with ET and SRBs :D
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-space-shuttle-cost-121708,0,3082628.story
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/18/2008 09:17 PM
When you know there's a better article than the Sentinel's on another site...

http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-121708a.html

(Orbiter Retirement thread: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=4078.0)
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Post by: kneecaps on 12/18/2008 09:17 PM
You scour ebay looking for a watch that can keep MET. :)
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Post by: kneecaps on 12/18/2008 10:49 PM
You start seeing NASA acronyms on car number plates (license plates to our American friends!).
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Post by: astrobrian on 12/19/2008 07:01 AM
yeah like MET-356  ;D
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Post by: trebloc on 12/19/2008 01:22 PM
You visit the Astronaut hall of fame and find a mistake in a display. Astronaut Thomas Mattingly is shown as flying as commander of STS 15. This was not the designation of the flight it was STS 51C. I pointed it out to them, sad as I am!
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Post by: DaveJ576 on 12/19/2008 02:33 PM
I have trouble remembering my wife's birthday, but I can recite from memory the crew of every U.S. manned spaceflight through ASTP!
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Post by: collectSPACE on 12/19/2008 03:34 PM
You scour ebay looking for a watch that can keep MET. :)

When you know the watch that can is the Omega Speedmaster X-33 because you are wearing one currently...
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Post by: ShuttleDiscovery on 12/19/2008 04:25 PM
I have trouble remembering my wife's birthday, but I can recite from memory the crew of every U.S. manned spaceflight through ASTP!

That's very impressive! :)
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Post by: mdrapp on 03/21/2009 01:42 AM
Resurrecting this thread as I had a pure and embarrassing (to myself) Space Geek moment.

I was running some errands this afternoon in Clear Lake and got the munchies....so I went to one of my favorite places to eat....the IHOP that is just a short distance from JSC.  (I admit, I seriously considered the Outpost Tavern, which is right across the street.)

(For myself, there is only one thing worth eating at IHOP and that is the Machaca with flour tortillas coupled with a side of biscuits and gravy.  Yum.)

As it was mid afternoon, the restaurant was nearly deserted.  A few minutes after my food had arrived, two gentlemen came in and sat nearby.  I paid them no notice until my ears picked up the distinctive phrase, "OMS burn."

I could not help but feel my ears perk up and I strained to listen in.  Yes, they were indeed talking about something shuttle related.  Over the next few minutes, I gathered they were discussing something about how a particular burn would change the orbit of the orbiter. 

The one facing me, I believe, had a United Space Alliance badge clipped to his collar.   (So they might have been on-site employees....or from one of the Gemini offices...IHOP is sorta between them.)

I left the restaurant shaking my head as to how much effort I put into eavesdropping on a private conversation. 

So I decided to finish the afternoon by swinging into Rocket Park and staring at the Saturn V for a bit.  Which then left me right into rush-hour traffic on NASA Road 1.  Whoops!

--Michael
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Post by: RandyH on 06/01/2009 02:48 AM
...You know the space and NASA web sites so well, that when co-workers innocently inquire about a space subject, you can pull up photos in seconds, causing open-mouthed amazement.

...You complete a happy day at the KSC visitor center with a visit to the gift shop.  Seeing your many selections, the woman at the register says "Good job young man!"
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Post by: Jim on 06/01/2009 12:32 PM
When you consider the KSC visitor center gift shop to be too touristy and only caters to the common man and not the space geek.
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Post by: kkattula on 06/01/2009 03:28 PM
...or Dieter K. Huzel's and David H. Huang's "Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)"

When you have this as a PDF on your PDA.
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Post by: RandyH on 06/04/2009 12:03 AM
...or Dieter K. Huzel's and David H. Huang's "Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)"

When you have this as a PDF on your PDA.

When, if it is legal, you would very much like a link to that PDF file.  ;D
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Post by: kch on 06/04/2009 12:09 AM
I have trouble remembering my wife's birthday, but I can recite from memory the crew of every U.S. manned spaceflight through ASTP!

That's very impressive! :)

To us, yes ... probably not so much to his wife ... ;)
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Post by: kkattula on 06/04/2009 08:12 AM
...or Dieter K. Huzel's and David H. Huang's "Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)"

When you have this as a PDF on your PDA.

When, if it is legal, you would very much like a link to that PDF file.  ;D

You can download it from the NASA Technical Reports Server. SP-125

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19710019929_1971019929.pdf

I think it's the same book.  but the server is a little slow today.
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Post by: TyMoore on 02/23/2010 08:37 PM
You know you're a space geek when you have the soundtracks for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Wars and Cosmos on your MP3 player at the same time for inspirational music while designing modules on a CAD system for your personal concept of what an international space station ought to be! (Guilty.)
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Post by: MarsInMyLifetime on 02/23/2010 08:44 PM
... you managed to schedule your wisdom teeth extraction surgery for the week that Apollo 16 was scheduled to visit the moon (watching the moonwalks with a sore jaw being much more engaging than orchestra or gym, any day!).
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Art LeBrun on 02/23/2010 08:47 PM
You maintain an on-off interest in spaceflight since 1958.........
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Post by: Pittsburgh on 02/23/2010 08:59 PM
When you are reading comments on somebody's Facebook page and you wonder what their personal habits have to do with a Trans-Mars Injection.
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Post by: Space Pete on 02/23/2010 09:45 PM
When you hear an everyday acronym, and you think of a Shuttle/ISS system before you think of what the acronym means with reference to it's said context. :D

Case in point: the other day someone was talking to me about RMS (Root Mean Square) values, but I immediately thought of “Remote Manipulator System”! ;)
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 02/23/2010 10:27 PM
When you hear an everyday acronym, and you think of a Shuttle/ISS system before you think of what the acronym means with reference to it's said context. :D

Case in point: the other day someone was talking to me about RMS (Root Mean Square) values, but I immediately thought of “Remote Manipulator System”! ;)

Guilty. Everytime the damn RSS feed indicator pops up on my compter... well, you get the idea. :)
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 02/23/2010 10:34 PM
When someone says, "Yeah, the shuttle's engines start before the rocket boosters, right?" and what follows is a 45-minute explanation (complete with pictures and graphs) of the SSME start sequence.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: JohnFornaro on 02/24/2010 01:43 AM
When you're composing a well thought out rebuttal to the current Obama budget proposal spelling out the future of US HSF, and the Victoria's Secret swim suit catalog comes in the mail, and you begin to discuss the... well the fact is that the budget process is very... in other words, the administration's position on the new HLV can be thought of as...

... Let me rephrase that....

In other words, the Obama budget proposal is a scantily clad cover-up of the external tankini, and is a titillating example of NASA's bottoms up management practices.
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Post by: Launchpad911 on 02/24/2010 01:58 AM
...you have a 25 year old model of the Saturn V sitting on top of the bookshelf by your computer. The bookshelf holds 40 year-old notebooks full of all of the Apollo mission reports, rocket posters, 8" x 10" photos and anything else you could get free from the NASA PAO using the excuse "Dear NASA, I am writing a school report on Apollo (insert number here) and I would appreciate any information you could send me." I loved it evertime one of those large manila envelopes arrived in the mail.
The notebook that is the most cherished of all still holds the Apollo 10 Mission report with Gene Cernan's and Tom Stafford's actual autographs on it. I know the autographs a real because I stood next to them as they signed the report a month after coming home from the Moon.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Aobrien on 02/24/2010 02:04 AM
When you are in high school but scared to show anyone your room or to tell your friends you work on models of the space shuttle

When you start to freak out when people say things so ignorant about space and yell at them for an hour explaining how stupid they are and explaining it
i.e. So where is the space shuttle going?, What is the ISS, Who was the first on the Moon?, NASA is a waste of money.
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Post by: Cog_in_the_machine on 02/24/2010 01:39 PM
When you're the only one in a given place that knows the name of the rocket that sent people to the Moon fror the first time in history.

If you think that's setting the bar too low you'd be surprised.
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Post by: Downix on 02/24/2010 03:45 PM
When you hear an everyday acronym, and you think of a Shuttle/ISS system before you think of what the acronym means with reference to it's said context. :D

Case in point: the other day someone was talking to me about RMS (Root Mean Square) values, but I immediately thought of “Remote Manipulator System”! ;)

Guilty. Everytime the damn RSS feed indicator pops up on my compter... well, you get the idea. :)
... and here I thought of Richard M Stallman for RMS....
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Post by: Marsbug on 02/24/2010 05:22 PM
When you spend your lunch break trying to come up with a pitch that will convince your supervisor to help you convince your university to fund a cubesat mission.
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Post by: Jim on 02/24/2010 05:35 PM
When you are embarrassed to tell your wife about your post count.

Or for some chest thumping;

When you are cited on other forums:
http://www.hobbyspace.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=18580#c
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Post by: jcopella on 02/25/2010 02:12 AM
1.  When you're out at the pub having beers with your friends, and you keep your iPhone face up on the table tuned to streaming NASA-TV coverage of the STS-130 landing.

2.  When you use the phrase "propagating the state vector" and you're not being ironic.

3.  When you can time the run from your home in downtown Orlando to your secret parking spot near SpaceView Park in Titusville such that you get there just as the clock picks up from the T-9:00 hold.

4.  You take secret delight in knowing that certain measurement-stimulus identifiers (MSIDs) on the Shuttle (burned into your memory from having typed them on console hundreds of times) miraculously pass muster as strong passwords in many (non-Shuttle) secure environments.

And the number one sign that you're a space geek:

5.  You don't relax until the ET doors are closed.
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Post by: jcopella on 02/25/2010 02:12 AM
When you are embarrassed to tell your wife about your post count.

Or for some chest thumping;

When you are cited on other forums:
http://www.hobbyspace.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=18580#c

Notoriously correct!!

lol I love it...
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Post by: Space Pete on 02/25/2010 03:49 AM
When you get up in the morning, and you check NSF Forum for new replies before you check the news for major international events! ;)
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Post by: SpaceUSMC on 02/26/2010 12:32 AM
When your 3 year old knows what MECO means.
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Post by: Downix on 02/26/2010 10:05 AM
When you get up in the morning, and you check NSF Forum for new replies before you check the news for major international events! ;)
I... er.... *hangs head in shame*
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: nathan.moeller on 02/26/2010 04:20 PM
 - When you look at the Harmony node, P3/P4 truss, and the two MPLMs that have flown since RTF and think "I saw those in the SSPF several years before they were launched."

 - When your budget for the next six months revolves around making sure you have enough to put away for the ultimate trip to Florida to see a shuttle launch.

 - When a quarter of your income over the course of said six months is needed for said ultimate trip.

 - When instead of pictures of your family, you have shuttle mission emblems on your bulletin board at work.

 - When you work up a half-dozen spreadsheets in Excel for said trip timelines, manifests, budgets, etc.
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Post by: flox on 02/26/2010 06:05 PM
When you make a 3d movie with a banana shuttle
Http://thetambouille.free.fr/blog/blog.php?article=12
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Post by: ckiki lwai on 02/26/2010 07:07 PM
When you get up in the morning, and you check NSF Forum for new replies before you check the news for major international events! ;)
Or check NSF first and then your daily comics.
If anything special happens outside the spaceflight world you expect that your family or friends will probably tell you about it anyway. :P
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Post by: SpaceUSMC on 02/26/2010 09:14 PM

 - When your budget for the next six months revolves around making sure you have enough to put away for the ultimate trip to Florida to see a shuttle launch.

 

I know we're not the only one's doing this!
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Post by: E_ E_ H on 02/26/2010 09:41 PM
...you're an on duty Cop, have arrested a bloke for some offence or other, look up at the big moving star and say, "Look, there's the ISS. The Endeavour is docked at the moment." He then looks at you as if you're really odd. (He got found guilty though...)
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Post by: astrobrian on 02/26/2010 10:08 PM
I know we're not the only one's doing this!
My budget since getting back from the 129 launch has been leaning that way ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: seawolfe on 02/27/2010 01:17 AM
When NSF is your home page on ALL of your computers and you spend more time there than anywhere else.  ;)
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Post by: robertross on 02/27/2010 01:26 AM
When NSF is your home page on ALL of your computers and you spend more time there than anywhere else.  ;)

I thought that was a given?  ;)
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Post by: Aobrien on 02/27/2010 02:22 AM
When you have school during a mission you try to watch NASA TV on your ipod touch in class or tell the teacher there is a major space event going on

When you stay home form school to watch the launch test of a new rocket (Ares-1X)

You stay up until 5am for a Shuttle launch on a school night and get an hour of sleep with track after school and then stay up the next two weeks for the mission.

Ask for NSF L2 for each Christmas

You know it will be a bad day if you forget to check NSF before school

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Post by: robertross on 02/27/2010 02:42 AM

Ask for NSF L2 for each Christmas

Okay, you're part of the 'IN' crowd now of nerds...LOL
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Post by: simonbp on 02/27/2010 03:44 AM
When you just got a job here: http://www.lowell.edu :)
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Post by: Mark Dave on 02/28/2010 02:40 PM
You know...when you collect anything space related, scifi and real life.

Build models of your favorite spacecraft. I for one am building a 1/144 scale model of the Valkyrie shuttle seen in Avatar. :)
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Post by: Bob Haller on 02/28/2010 04:30 PM
When a high point of a trip to florida is attending the apollo one memorial service at the pad on january 27th which happens to be my birthday....

It was very nice of scott grissom to invite me
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Post by: kkattula on 03/01/2010 02:19 AM

...or Dieter K. Huzel's and David H. Huang's "Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)"

When you have this as a PDF on your PDA.

And now you've moved on to Clark's "Ignition!"
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: robertross on 03/01/2010 02:44 AM
When you're watching the gold medal game in Olympic men's hockey and you're checking for updates on NSF.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kkattula on 03/01/2010 02:49 AM
When you're watching the gold medal game in Olympic men's hockey and you're checking for updates on NSF.

There's hockey on?

Hang on, there's an Olympics on?

I didn't see anything about that on NASA TV...
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Post by: Lee Jay on 03/01/2010 02:53 AM
When you're watching the gold medal game in Olympic men's hockey and you're checking for updates on NSF.

There's hockey on?

If you had been in Canada earlier today, and asked that question, you might soon have found yourself on an unplanned suborbital trajectory.

Congrats to Canada and to Canadians.
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Post by: robertross on 03/01/2010 02:57 AM
When you're watching the gold medal game in Olympic men's hockey and you're checking for updates on NSF.

There's hockey on?

If you had been in Canada earlier today, and asked that question, you might soon have found yourself on an unplanned suborbital trajectory.
Good one.

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Congrats to Canada and to Canadians.

Thanks  :)

Learning to geek out with my iTouch to stay in touch with L2 on the road...lol
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Post by: marshallsplace on 03/02/2010 04:05 PM
When......this is the only forum ever signed up for....
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Post by: marshallsplace on 03/02/2010 04:06 PM
When..... my two year old first numbers spoken are:


3.......2......1.......chooowewweweweewewe..... :)
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Post by: aporigine on 03/15/2010 07:50 PM
When..... my two year old first numbers spoken are:


3.......2......1.......chooowewweweweewewe..... :)

...when you teach your youngins that a PROPER countdown does not have the words "eight seven" but "Engine Sequence Start".

...when your truck tires nudge the concrete thingy in the parking lot and you AND your kids shout "Contact light!"

... when there's a power failure and you think of it as a Main Bus B Undervolt.

cheers apo
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Post by: Mark S on 03/15/2010 08:42 PM
When you take your family to tour JSC after attending a family member's funeral...

... and your two-year-old son won't walk behind the Saturn-V because he knows "That's where the fire comes out, Daddy! That's where the fire comes out!".  I had to carry him the rest of the way!

Mark S.
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Post by: saturnsky on 03/16/2010 12:17 PM
Every app on your I-phone is space related......
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: SpaceInformer on 03/16/2010 04:18 PM
You drive a car with the sticker "I need my space" and your working colleagues greet You every day with "spaceman" :-)

(http://www.spaceinformer.at/car.jpg)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: FinalFrontier on 03/16/2010 04:26 PM
----You Know You're A Space Geek When:
You post on NSF :D :D :D :D :D
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Post by: spacedive on 03/17/2010 10:01 AM
...you're an on duty Cop, have arrested a bloke for some offence or other, look up at the big moving star and say, "Look, there's the ISS. The Endeavour is docked at the moment." He then looks at you as if you're really odd. (He got found guilty though...)

That is truly fantastic! Cheers for the laugh.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 03/17/2010 10:31 AM
...When I remember that my Wife has the same Birthday as Yuri Gagarin and my Dad shares the same Birthday & year as John Young!! ;)

(Also, when Dad was young, he looked a lot like Captain Young).
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: STS-200 on 03/17/2010 10:37 AM
Your copy of "Rocket Propulsion Elements" is as easy to reach as the TV remote.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Space Pete on 03/17/2010 11:17 AM
You're sitting on a bus, browsing NSF with your mobile internet! :) :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Longhorn John on 03/17/2010 06:58 PM
When you take your family to tour JSC after attending a family member's funeral...


Actually that's nice. A good way to change the mood of the day.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Aobrien on 03/17/2010 08:02 PM
You're sitting on a bus, browsing NSF with your mobile internet! :) :)
Thats me!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Da5id on 03/17/2010 08:45 PM
When you tell the kids they have a built in hold before leaving for school
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: blane on 03/17/2010 10:33 PM
Your Facebook profile picture is of John Young and the LM on the moon instead of yourself.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bob the Avenger on 03/18/2010 09:15 PM
Your copy of "Rocket Propulsion Elements" is as easy to reach as the TV remote.

When you live without a TV 9months/year but you're never more than 8foot from "Rocket Propulsion Elements" for more than 2 days
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Post by: smith5se on 03/20/2010 04:58 PM
When you find out a relative once dated an astronaut, you turn to the family and say "No offense, I wish she would have chose the atronaut." even though this means you yourself wouldn't be here LOL

You use the excuse of "sleep shifting" when people question why you are up at 3-4am...

You squeal with delight at taking your picture in a certain elevator in the O&C building, even though when most people see said picture they ask you "Why did you take your picture in an elevator?"

And lastly, your mother refers to her last vacation with you (after hanging out with your friends and fellow space nerds to watch STS 130) as her vacation to "The real life Big Bang Theory"

Sadly, I cannot think of anything super witty at the moment...
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Post by: Aobrien on 03/20/2010 07:30 PM


And lastly, your mother refers to her last vacation with you (after hanging out with your friends and fellow space nerds to watch STS 130) as her vacation to "The real life Big Bang Theory"

Wish I had other space nerds to watch the shuttle launch with me :(
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MP99 on 03/21/2010 09:40 PM
Wish I had other space nerds to watch the shuttle launch with me :(

Lonely, isn't it?

Martin
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Space Pete on 03/21/2010 10:12 PM
Wish I had other space nerds to watch the shuttle launch with me :(

Lonely, isn't it?

Martin

But isn't that why we all join NSF - so that we can be among "our own kind" (i.e. fellow space nerds)?! :D

None of my friends are interested in space. Believe me, I've tried, but they just don’t “feel it” like I do.
I’ve got one friend who's interested in aviation though - I might be able to “convert” him. ;D
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Post by: robertross on 03/21/2010 10:45 PM
Wish I had other space nerds to watch the shuttle launch with me :(

Lonely, isn't it?

Martin

But isn't that why we all join NSF - so that we can be among "our own kind" (i.e. fellow space nerds)?! :D
A herd of nerds...lol

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None of my friends are interested in space. Believe me, I've tried, but they just don’t “feel it” like I do.

Yeah well, such is life. At least we have the web to fuel our passion.
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Post by: Orbiter on 03/21/2010 11:45 PM
When your able to remember pages of notes by grouping them and naming each group after space shuttles. (useful trick actually!)

When you mark major school year milestones by Shuttle missions.

Orbiter
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: TyMoore on 03/22/2010 01:02 AM
...you take a few minutes away from your bar-b-que grill to check the NSF board for new posts. (I think I may need proffessional help!!!)   ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: NavySpaceFan on 03/22/2010 08:38 PM
You refer to the back of your SUV as the payload bay.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: nathan.moeller on 03/22/2010 08:40 PM
 - You refer to a cylindrical container as an MPLM

 - You strap yourself in extra tight in your car and scoot the seat forward to cram things up like a flight deck.  Standing your car on its hind-end to add to the realism is NOT recommended (albeit quite fun :) )
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Space Pete on 03/23/2010 01:24 AM
You're standing next to a double decker bus, and you think to yourself: "Wow, this thing could fit inside the ATV"! :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: smith5se on 03/23/2010 05:40 AM
When not only do your fellow graduate students, but your faculty and advisors as well, give you the nickname "NASA" and will use that when asking where you are instead of your name...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: JAFO on 03/24/2010 02:59 AM
-You lurk (and try to keep your mouth shut) on a board with real rocket engineers.

-People say "Wow, you're lucky to be a pilot!" and you think "It's only because I wasn't smart enough to be an engineer."

:cheers:
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: smith5se on 03/24/2010 04:36 AM
You know you're a space geek when you find yourself starting to like/fall for other space geeks/NSFers.... ah the interwebs LOL
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/24/2010 04:37 AM
You know you're a space geek when you miss talking to other NSF members you've started to like/fall for.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: tdrb6115 on 03/24/2010 06:32 AM
 - When you keep THIS thread on a very special place among your bookmarks and check regularly that you obey at least 80% items displayed here :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Maxim_NZ on 03/27/2010 06:54 AM
You Know You're A Space Geek When...You correctly answer a 'what is this competition' on Flickr (well close enough for competition poster)
http://www.flickr.com/groups/sony_alpha/discuss/72157623581635931/

So fellow "Space Geek" Challenge: see if you know EXACTLY what this is (ok so you know it's space related, so I've given you a clue)

Answer is a bottom of comments.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: SpaceUSMC on 03/28/2010 02:32 PM
When you pick up your laptop and your 4 year old and 1 year old run up to you and say, Space!! We wanna watch space too!!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: SpaceUSMC on 03/28/2010 02:33 PM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: scotty125 on 03/28/2010 02:45 PM
You have Jack King's Apollo 11 launch call as your ringtone!  :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: NavySpaceFan on 03/28/2010 02:54 PM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.

Guilty!!!!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/28/2010 03:10 PM
When you're stuck behind a car with MPS as part of its registration plate and think "Oooo, Main Propulsion System"...without thinking about it.

That happened 10 minutes ago.

SundayFACT! ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: FinalFrontier on 03/28/2010 03:13 PM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.

Guilty!!!!
Also guilty (Atlantis) :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Orbiter on 03/28/2010 03:16 PM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.

Guilty!!!!

Guilty here!! (Discovery)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: TyMoore on 03/28/2010 03:20 PM
You know you're a space geek when:

--you're not entirely satisfied with the way things are currently going in NASA and space exploration in general, and you endeavour to create an entirely new space architecture starting with a launcher...

--and try to teach yourself enough mechanical and structural engineering to pull off an initial design study so that when you do go back to school and get the actual degree, this could be used as the basis for a thesis project!

--and you're ambitious (naive, perhaps) enough to think you can actually do it at 41!

:)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: FinalFrontier on 03/28/2010 04:04 PM
You know you're a space geek when:

--you're not entirely satisfied with the way things are currently going in NASA and space exploration in general, and you endeavour to create an entirely new space architecture starting with a launcher...

--and try to teach yourself enough mechanical and structural engineering to pull off an initial design study so that when you do go back to school and get the actual degree, this could be used as the basis for a thesis project!

--and you're ambitious (naive, perhaps) enough to think you can actually do it at 41!

:)

LOL
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Post by: Orbiter on 03/28/2010 04:05 PM
You know you're a space geek when:

--you're not entirely satisfied with the way things are currently going in NASA and space exploration in general, and you endeavour to create an entirely new space architecture starting with a launcher...


-- When you spell out 'Endeavor' as 'Endeavour'..

hehe sorry

Orbiter
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Post by: smith5se on 03/28/2010 04:18 PM
When you're stuck behind a car with MPS as part of its registration plate and think "Oooo, Main Propulsion System"...without thinking about it.

That happened 10 minutes ago.

SundayFACT! ;D

A true space geek, albeit frowned upon, would have updated that from their car! LOL

You know you're a space geek when:

--you're not entirely satisfied with the way things are currently going in NASA and space exploration in general, and you endeavour to create an entirely new space architecture starting with a launcher...


-- When you spell out 'Endeavor' as 'Endeavour'..

hehe sorry

Orbiter

HAHAHA I find myself guilty of that one too! As well as the favorite orbiter (Atlantis)

You also know you're a space geek when one of the main reasons you get a smartphone is to keep up with NSF at these final launches (I'm hopefully going to 2 of the 3)...
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Post by: Space Pete on 03/28/2010 04:25 PM
When you're stuck behind a car with MPS as part of its registration plate and think "Oooo, Main Propulsion System"...without thinking about it.

That happened 10 minutes ago.

SundayFACT! ;D

Yep, I see space acronyms EVERYWHERE! ;D


Also when you have a favorite orbiter.

Also guilty (Discovery)! :D
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 03/28/2010 07:03 PM
 - When putting on your backpack you pretend it's your egress harness. Having a heavy coat on adds to the illusion.
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Post by: gospacex on 03/29/2010 11:30 AM
When you think how to design a house able to withstand Martian conditions.
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Post by: Space Pete on 03/29/2010 09:02 PM
You spend all afternoon studying satellites & geosynchronous orbits as part of your electronics course, but you don't actually learn anything, because you know it all already! ;D
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/30/2010 03:49 AM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.

Guilty!!!!

Me, too.  Go baby Endeavour!
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Post by: Space Pete on 03/31/2010 11:11 AM
Your studies finish for 3 weeks due to Easter, and your first thought is "Great, now I'll be able to stay up late & follow the Shuttle mission"! ;D
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Post by: marshallsplace on 04/01/2010 10:45 AM
Err....

when.... you have a dream you are in a space conference with Chris Bergin, Chris Gebhardt and other NSF members, and then all line up for a group photo.



Note to self - must get more sleep.
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Post by: Aobrien on 04/02/2010 02:29 AM
When your Spring Break starts today and you so you plan stuff to do with your friends around the shuttle mission
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Post by: LostInSpace on 04/02/2010 12:19 PM
when you ask the Wendy's drive thru attendant to "stand by one" before you order.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 04/03/2010 06:19 AM
Err....

when.... you have a dream you are in a space conference with Chris Bergin, Chris Gebhardt and other NSF members, and then all line up for a group photo.



Note to self - must get more sleep.

Hey... that conference sounds like fun!
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Post by: Paolo on 04/03/2010 10:43 AM
When... you spend your honeymoon in Cocoa Beach and remains with the windows of your Hotel open where you can see the pads in the distance.

Paolo

Roma, Italy
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Post by: Danny Dot on 04/03/2010 01:53 PM
When... you spend your honeymoon in Cocoa Beach and remains with the windows of your Hotel open where you can see the pads in the distance.

Paolo

Roma, Italy

This one is GREAT.  But I am not that much of a geek.  I do plan to watch the launch Monday.  They make me more and more nervous every time though.  Go NASA Go!!!

Danny Deger
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Post by: Aobrien on 04/05/2010 08:46 AM
When you haven't slept for 19 hours and don't plan on sleeping anytime soon cause you can't miss any of the shuttle mission
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Post by: smith5se on 04/05/2010 08:54 AM
When you haven't slept for 19 hours and don't plan on sleeping anytime soon cause you can't miss any of the shuttle mission

Ha, I'm in the same boat except tack on there, you get told to stay up all night (not asked LOL) so you can text updates on weather, etc. and you don't think twice about it... LOL
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Post by: Aobrien on 04/05/2010 09:02 AM
When you haven't slept for 19 hours and don't plan on sleeping anytime soon cause you can't miss any of the shuttle mission

Ha, I'm in the same boat except tack on there, you get told to stay up all night (not asked LOL) so you can text updates on weather, etc. and you don't think twice about it... LOL

You act like you wouldn't be up watching anyway  ;)
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 04/05/2010 07:40 PM
When you haven't slept for 19 hours and don't plan on sleeping anytime soon cause you can't miss any of the shuttle mission

Ha, I'm in the same boat except tack on there, you get told to stay up all night (not asked LOL) so you can text updates on weather, etc. and you don't think twice about it... LOL


Precisely!  ;D

And to be fair, I did ask, "Can you pass along updates from...." I may not have put a question mark there, but a question is a question.
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Post by: smith5se on 04/05/2010 08:34 PM
When you haven't slept for 19 hours and don't plan on sleeping anytime soon cause you can't miss any of the shuttle mission

Ha, I'm in the same boat except tack on there, you get told to stay up all night (not asked LOL) so you can text updates on weather, etc. and you don't think twice about it... LOL


Precisely!  ;D

And to be fair, I did ask, "Can you pass along updates from...." I may not have put a question mark there, but a question is a question.

"so you can relay them to me" That so in the beginning totally negates that being a question :-P LOL But AObrien was right, not like I wasn't goin to be awake LOL

So any of the space geeks sleep yet?

Also you know you're a space geek when, apparently, you speak shuttle talk in your sleep... (a friend stopped by while I was napping and said I was rambling on about something to do with "stupid weather" and RCS...)
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 04/05/2010 08:38 PM
So any of the space geeks sleep yet?

That's what work is for.
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Post by: pburkhardt on 04/05/2010 08:54 PM
...you recognize (and can identify) the giant NASA mission patches decorating the inside walls of the tavern where Zefrem Cochrane drinks in the movie Star Trek: First Contact.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Robson68 on 05/21/2010 05:53 AM
As you roll out off bed each morning you say "discovery roll program".
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Post by: SpaceUSMC on 05/22/2010 04:38 AM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.

Guilty!!!!

Discovery!!! Actually I had always dreamed about riding the MS2 seat on Discovery.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Space Invaders on 05/22/2010 05:21 AM
You sometimes call your cat by the name SSMC (Space Shuttle Main Cat).

When a friend disagrees with you, you jokingly threaten him with "thrust oscillating" him and he doesn't understand what the heck you are saying.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 07/10/2010 11:58 AM
When the condo that you are moving isn't ocean view but has an even better view, spaceport.

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Post by: HappyMartian on 07/10/2010 02:09 PM
It looks great Jim. Enjoy!

Cheers!
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Post by: psloss on 07/10/2010 02:11 PM
When the condo that you are moving isn't ocean view but has an even better view, spaceport.
LOL, you sure know how to rub it in, Jim. ;D
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Post by: kevin-rf on 07/14/2010 01:46 PM
Rubbing it in, Jim would posts the pictures with an ELV or the Shuttle launching in the background... I think he's to much of a space geek to not actually get better viewing than his condo during launches ;)

That or the next launch party is Jim's condo ...
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/14/2010 01:53 PM
....when you hope some billionaire decides to join L2, accidentially enters a milllion dollars into the payment page, I e-mail him back saying he made a mistake and the refund will be with him in a few minutes, only for him to say "no need, I really enjoyed your STS-133 processing update article, keep it," and I end up moving in next door to Jim ;D
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Post by: beancounter on 07/22/2010 05:55 AM
... your screen saver has only pictures of space shots, launches and LVs.
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Post by: Antares on 07/26/2010 03:22 AM
you suddenly realize you "twang" when standing on two feet braced and waiting for something and simultaneously realize you've done this subconsciously since the 80s.
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Post by: Norm Hartnett on 07/31/2010 06:07 PM
you suddenly realize you "twang" when standing on two feet braced and waiting for something and simultaneously realize you've done this subconsciously since the 80s.

LOL!

...when you know what Antares is talking about.

(Nice Sig BTW)
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Post by: PahTo on 07/31/2010 06:27 PM

...while standing at downtown crosswalks, you exclaim "main engine start!" as the signal lamp counts down to 6 seconds, and then "liftoff!" as it reaches zero and the light changes.

[context:  Seattle has fancy new traffic light/crosswalk signals that display a countdown from 10 seconds (I suppose to encourage people NOT to race through yellow lights/changing signals, and also for pedestrians' sake to get off the street before the light changes).]

I frequently draw the raised eyebrow from my fellow citizens...and thumbs-up from the smart ones...
:-)
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Post by: rcoppola on 07/31/2010 06:52 PM
When you spend 100 hours putting space related videos together for the fun of it....(instead of the work clients are actually paying you for) and loving every minute of it....
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Post by: Zero-G on 08/01/2010 12:22 AM
...when you see an overseas container with the letters "MOL" written on it, loaded on a flatbed truck, and the words "Manned Orbiting Laboratory" cross your mind even before you fully realize that the letters are written on just a simple container which has nothing to do with spaceflight at all...
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Post by: JohnFornaro on 08/01/2010 02:08 PM
...when you know what Antares is talking about.

...so you modify your own signature line accordingly.
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Post by: simonbp on 08/02/2010 03:29 AM
...when you see an overseas container with the letters "MOL" written on it, loaded on a flatbed truck, and the words "Manned Orbiting Laboratory" cross your mind even before you fully realize that the letters are written on just a simple container which has nothing to do with spaceflight at all...

That's what they want you to think! ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Norm Hartnett on 08/02/2010 08:15 PM
you suddenly realize you "twang" when standing on two feet braced and waiting for something and simultaneously realize you've done this subconsciously since the 80s.

LOL!

...when you know what Antares is talking about.

(Nice Sig BTW)

... you wonder what happened to the Signatures on this site.

;D
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Post by: bkellysky on 08/02/2010 10:31 PM
...when your backpack catches on something while going out the door in the morning and you think of Neil and Buzz carefully backing themselves and their PLSS out onto the porch of the LM.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/03/2010 01:12 PM
Quote

... you wonder what happened to the Signatures on this site.

;D

Yeah, you spot something on failblog.org and your first thought is it will make a nice new NSF signature...
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Post by: JohnFornaro on 08/03/2010 02:35 PM
Quote
... you wonder what happened to the Signatures on this site.
Yeah. Finally I start using this "feature" and it is no more!  I just don't get it.
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Post by: AnalogMan on 08/03/2010 02:51 PM
Quote
... you wonder what happened to the Signatures on this site.
Yeah. Finally I start using this "feature" and it is no more!  I just don't get it.

See this message from Chris:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=15859.msg624349#msg624349
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/03/2010 04:17 PM
See this message from Chris:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=15859.msg624349#msg624349

And your surely a space geek if your first reaction to Chris's message involves wishing you had ITAR restricted hardware to deal with the problem for Chris...

____________________________________________________________
When then the Aliens come, they will eat the plump first!
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Post by: JohnFornaro on 08/03/2010 05:18 PM
But doesn't Chris realize that we need "dodgy shoes"?
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 08/03/2010 05:24 PM
But doesn't Chris realize that we need "dodgy shoes"?


...you see that post and immediately think:
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Post by: nacnud on 08/03/2010 05:55 PM
Spats in space? Whatever next? Zoot space suits? Well I suppose the ISS is one of the few places where prohibition is still in force ;)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/11/2010 12:21 AM
You come down to space coast to visit your grandmother in the hospital and get cheered up because the room number is 321 !!!
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Post by: dmurphy on 08/11/2010 03:22 AM
... when you read through this thread and go "check, check, yup, uh-huh, that's me all right" ...

Shuttle model on desk?  Check.
Stay home from work for launches?  Check.
Stayed home to watch HST repair mission? Check.
Lifelong dream to see a launch fulfilled (STS-125)?  Check.
Itching to just see One More Flight?  Check.
Disappointed you never got to see a night launch?  Check.
Miss the days of Spacelab?  Check.
Remember exactly where you were for Challenger & Columbia?  Check.
Got excited when they named an application at work MARS (it's an acronym) because you could call the servers "Spirit" and "Opportunity"?  Check.

... and most of all ...

Wonder how the heck Young & Crippen fit inside Columbia for STS-1 with the size balls they must have?  Double-check!
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Post by: Space Invaders on 08/12/2010 08:31 PM
Your girlfriend's birthday approaches and you draw your own special birthday card for her: a Shuttle stack with the Orbiter swapped for an 80-tonne butterfly (butterflies are her favourite animal).
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Post by: mmeijeri on 08/12/2010 10:51 PM
Quote
... you wonder what happened to the Signatures on this site.
Yeah. Finally I start using this "feature" and it is no more!  I just don't get it.

See this message from Chris:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=15859.msg624349#msg624349

Signatures are back.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 08/12/2010 11:21 PM
Quote
... you wonder what happened to the Signatures on this site.
Yeah. Finally I start using this "feature" and it is no more!  I just don't get it.

See this message from Chris:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=15859.msg624349#msg624349

Signatures are back.

Probably not for long if the new member signature spammers return. They seem to go away this week, so put it back on.
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Post by: smith5se on 08/12/2010 11:24 PM
When you are picked on for being the "space nerd"/"shuttle hugger" at your summer internship... *facepalm*

I should probably add in here, my internship was for NASA.
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Post by: Antares on 08/13/2010 03:45 AM
Ouch.  Proof there's something wrong with enthusiasm within NASA.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/14/2010 02:16 PM
You're doing a morning jog down the beach and at the halfway point as you do the 180 to start running back towards the cape the only words going through your mind are BBQ Roll!
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Post by: JAFO on 08/15/2010 05:09 AM
You can't count backwards from 10 without hearing in your mind an echo of a scratchy recording:

 "Ten.. Nine... Eight-Ignition sequence start-Six... Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Zero!"
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 08/17/2010 03:05 AM
When I was four, I had the chicken pox. My dad pulled our RV down to his shop so he could keep an eye on me and I was indoors at the same time. So me, being the burgeoning space nut that I was pretended that I was an astronaut in quarantine after coming back from the moon.
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Post by: jcopella on 08/17/2010 03:11 AM
You come down to space coast to visit your grandmother in the hospital and get cheered up because the room number is 321 !!!

The Space Coast area code used to be 407, which it shared with Orlando.  About 10 years ago, they ran out of numbers in that area code and Brevard County made a pitch to get a separate area code.

You guessed it...

(hope your grandma's ok)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/17/2010 03:34 AM
(hope your grandma's ok)

Thanks, she's still with us in the 321 area code, but out of the hospital and in a Rehabilitation center working on getting her up to full strength. The Atlas launch was a nice break from last weeks insanity.
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Post by: Hoonte on 08/18/2010 01:58 PM
You can't count backwards from 10 without hearing in your mind an echo of a scratchy recording:

 "Ten.. Nine... Eight-Ignition sequence start-Six... Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Zero!"

I read through these posts and know in an instant that this is an Saturn V count-down and that the 'ignition-sequence-start actually starts between the ninth and the eight second. 8.9 to be precise.. Oh.. what useless data we know :-)

Ps.
To make matters worse I actually hear the voice of the pao when reading the count-down
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Post by: Antares on 08/18/2010 08:45 PM
It's even more bizarre when you've been in a conversation with him and some other folks for 10-15 minutes and the voice recognition kicks in and you suddenly realize he's that Jack King.
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Post by: corrodedNut on 08/31/2010 09:08 PM
You hear your wife utter:

"I don't give a damn about your stupid 'trade study'...I want the white one."
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Post by: iamlucky13 on 09/01/2010 05:55 PM
You can't count backwards from 10 without hearing in your mind an echo of a scratchy recording:

 "Ten.. Nine... Eight-Ignition sequence start-Six... Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Zero!"

I read through these posts and know in an instant that this is an Saturn V count-down and that the 'ignition-sequence-start actually starts between the ninth and the eight second. 8.9 to be precise.. Oh.. what useless data we know :-)

Ps.
To make matters worse I actually hear the voice of the pao when reading the count-down

Useless? What if you were a character in Transformers 3 and you needed to know exactly how long you had left to battle your way past the decepticons and out of the flame trench before you get fried?

I bet you wouldn't call that knowledge useless then.
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Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 09/01/2010 09:15 PM
You sit down on the bench out side the drug store in the shopping mall, beside an old guy, and he has Apollo 8 on his shirt pocket; you immediately think he is another rocket nerd and try to fire up a conversation, only to be disappointed because he turns out to be part of the cleaning crew; it is his employers logo, and he is more interested in the crossword lottery he is playing  :o happened this week!!!
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Post by: wjbarnett on 09/01/2010 09:44 PM
when impatiently waiting for an email to attend the STS133 NASATweetup
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Post by: Tourmaline on 09/02/2010 01:01 PM
You know you're a space geek when someone mentions "that guy who was in Top Gun" and you instantly think of Scott Altman, not Tom Cruise.
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Post by: GoForTLI on 09/03/2010 09:02 PM
I think my friends are conspiring to stage a space shuttle intervention on me. :(   

It does take a bit of my effort and time to stay current on the processing and issues on 3 vehicles, and I'm trying to get every morsel of goodness I can out of these last 2 (or hopefully 3) missions.  They can't conceive how it's possible to be fascinated with hardware and systems and procedures, and reading material like the Intact Ascent Aborts Workbook or the RCS Development Thruster S/N 10 Failure Investigation Status or the Booster Console Handbook.

I tell them they're just going to have to wait until STS-134 (or STS-135 if we get it) is safely wheel stop on the last mission. 

(Although just between us, there will still be some post-flight documentation to look forward to even after the last mission, and then the processing of the vehicles to their end state, and then SCA flights to somwhere, and then getting the vehicles off the SCA and to wherever they are going, and then...) ;)   
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Post by: Space Pete on 09/03/2010 10:41 PM
When you refer to a power screwdriver as a PGT.

When you refer to a toilet as a WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment).

When you refer to a bed as a CQ (Crew Quarters).

When you refer to a wall socket as a UOP (Utility Outlet Panel).

When you refer to an electrical cable as a jumper.

When you refer to a shopping bag as CTB.

When you refer to getting a new fridge/freezer as installing a new galley rack.

When you refer to a front door as a FWD hatch.

When you hesitate to open a window because you haven't equalised the pressure.


As you can probably tell, I'm a real station geek! ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: robertross on 09/04/2010 01:53 AM
When a logo saying 'USA' on something you bought automatically makes you think of United Space Alliance.

(and then you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you saw your first shuttle flight)  :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: raketen on 09/04/2010 02:02 AM
as you remove the steaming tea kettle from the stove you mumble "secure lox tank venting".
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 09/04/2010 02:27 AM
How about that you are secretly pleased that your new address will be one of most famous places wrt spaceflight, Cape Canaveral. 
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Post by: dks13827 on 09/04/2010 02:50 AM
 
1. You sneak out of work at 10 a.m., go to the bar next door, and watch the first Orbiter free flight.  :)

2.  You read the 900 page CSM manual, followed by reading the 900 page LM manual.   

3.  You rent a plane and fly 1.5 hours west to Weatherford, OK, to meet Stafford and Cernan and the CSM,  spring of 1970.

4. Your wife calls you at work, in tears, and says, the space shuttle just blew up !!!!   January,  1986.  :(
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: robertross on 09/04/2010 12:37 PM
How about that you are secretly pleased that your new address will be one of most famous places wrt spaceflight, Cape Canaveral. 

I'd say it isn't a secret any longer :)

And that would definitely be an address of choice for any space buff.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: jcopella on 09/04/2010 03:06 PM
You know you're a space geek when someone mentions "that guy who was in Top Gun" and you instantly think of Scott Altman, not Tom Cruise.

Good one.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Hoonte on 09/09/2010 08:14 AM
The color and typ of lighting of my car radio makes me think that I'm looking at the instument panel of a LM
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 09/09/2010 05:18 PM

Everytime you load a silver Diet Coke or Barq's Root beer can into the fridge all you can think is Atlas Balloon Tank.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 09/12/2010 03:43 AM
you think the Coors Light can lifting off of LC-39 in the ad during the Saints-Vikings game was both a little cool and a little sacrilegious.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: JohnFornaro on 09/12/2010 01:52 PM
that's one of the reasons I had to stop watching football games.  I mean really.  How much prop can you get in a beer can?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: NASAaddict on 10/09/2010 09:37 PM
At work when I'm on the forklift, I call it an EVA.

T-minus hours/minutes for breaks, lunch and clock out.

When I start my Harley "Go at throttle up!"

When I shut it off "MECO"

Stopping at a light "We have wheel stop"
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Hoonte on 10/21/2010 07:36 AM
Driving to work a car had te following licence plate 535.BPC

Seeing the letters I automaticly thought... Well... you know the answer beeing a space geek as well.
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Post by: Gene DiGennaro on 10/21/2010 02:24 PM
you think the Coors Light can lifting off of LC-39 in the ad during the Saints-Vikings game was both a little cool and a little sacrilegious.

Actually you're thinking , why would an inline booster like the Coors Light Heavy Lifter need a Rotating Service Structure at the launch pad if it doesn't have a payload bay?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 10/21/2010 02:41 PM
A "Light" Heavy Lifter?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: padrat on 10/21/2010 03:00 PM
When your 3 yr old on his way to daycare every morning, which is on KSC by the way, points out "daddy's shuttle" (at the Hall of Fame) and "mommy's shuttle" (at the Visitors Center)

and yes, he's watched every shuttle launch, either on TV or in person, since he was born.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: padrat on 10/21/2010 03:02 PM
When your 3 yr old on his way to daycare every morning, which is on KSC by the way, points out "daddy's shuttle" (at the Hall of Fame) and "mommy's shuttle" (at the Visitors Center)

and yes, he's watched every shuttle launch, either on TV or in person, since he was born.

I should have pointed out, she works at the VC as well
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Gene DiGennaro on 10/21/2010 05:11 PM
A "Light" Heavy Lifter?

Didn't catch that until you pointed it out! :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Hauerg on 10/21/2010 05:29 PM

Everytime you load a silver Diet Coke or Barq's Root beer can into the fridge all you can think is Atlas Balloon Tank.

Guilty of this on, I admit. And doing stress test all the time.  :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 10/21/2010 05:41 PM
So how much could you place in orbit with a balloon tank launcher built upon pressure fed soda cans? The ANTlas launch system?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: fredm6463 on 10/21/2010 05:46 PM
Thought we might have a little fun with this one.  I'll start.

You know you're a space geek when.

*  You tend to call out sick from work the day of a shuttle launch.  (I feel sniffle coming on!)

 :o

I took days off to see STS-1's launch (attempt on Friday April 10, 1981) and on Tuesday, April 14, for the landing of STS-1, all of which I videotaped from broadcast TV. I also recorded broadcast TV coverage of the first 14 missions.

During Discovery's RTF after Challenger, I being the Shuttle geek , led most of my co-workers to the client lounge where my company had a TV. We nervously watched the liftoff, and just after the SRB's separated, our boss, then came in the room with a vacuum cleaner and preceded to vacuum the area; his non-chalante way of saying, GET BACK TO WORK. I stayed until MECO and ET Sep.



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Post by: Chris Bergin on 10/21/2010 06:19 PM
Was driving back and saw a vehicle with APU on its plate. I chuckled :)
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Post by: Aobrien on 10/22/2010 01:21 AM
Someone says something about ISS(In School Suspension) and you automatically think about International Space Station and get confused. lol
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Post by: MP99 on 10/25/2010 08:09 AM
Was driving back and saw a vehicle with APU on its plate. I chuckled :)

So, is this Chris's car???

cheers, Martin

PS sorry for the terrible photography.
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Post by: FinalFrontier on 10/25/2010 08:44 AM
O_o :o :o
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Post by: Tourmaline on 10/25/2010 12:19 PM
When your acronym-loving boss mentions "SRB" in an email, and you read it not with its intended meaning (Single Regeneration Budget) but as Solid Rocket Booster.  And you then spend ages trying to figure out what a space shuttle is doing in the middle of a discussion of housing and regeneration.
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Post by: nickyp on 10/25/2010 08:04 PM
When you temp-stow empty mugs and plates around the place which are to be properly relocated to the sink on a later EVA.
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 10/25/2010 11:24 PM
People think that you work at NASA when you really don't.
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Post by: scotty125 on 10/31/2010 12:22 AM
Wish I could take credit for this one...

I was following a jeep in Cocoa Beach traffic tonight after the air show which had vanity plates "STABLE1". It could have been a horse person I guess, but probably not... :)
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Post by: craigcocca on 10/31/2010 03:55 PM
If I listed all the ways I know I'm a space geek, this thread might explode. 

I guess the simplest (although least funny) answer is that I saw two orbiters launch and all three land within 18 months on both coasts...I think that makes me a certifiable space geek.

--Craig
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Post by: Lowflight on 10/31/2010 09:35 PM
when you use your iPhone app to drag your wife, 18 month daughter and neighbors outside to see the ISS flyover
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 11/01/2010 09:54 AM
When I get out of bed at 5:30am to see ISS make a pass that was Magnitude -3.4 in brightness for about a full minute.

Magic!! ;)
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 11/03/2010 10:22 AM
...And then at 4:44am a couple mornings later to see a Magnitude -3.7!!
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Post by: kevin-rf on 11/03/2010 12:22 PM
Every time you glance up at the sky and spot a satellite doing a slow flyby you automatically go to the smart phone and check HeavensAbove.com to see what it was.

(Sadly it is never the ISS ;) )
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 11/05/2010 01:33 PM
...when you blow out expletives (thankfully no-one's nearby! :-X)  after hearing about the fourth GUCP leak in 20 months...
...and had a funny picture of Discovery trying to move around while the RSS was rolled back, so as to pull herself loose from the hydrogen vent line to trigger a scrub and delay her retirement... (and maybe she had deliberately tickled with her right OMS pod and the Main Engine Controller as well...) ;D
EDIT: Looks like she also scratched/cracked her to-be-used external tank too... Mischievous indeed :P
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Post by: Hungry4info3 on 11/05/2010 02:33 PM
...when you blow out expletives (thankfully no-one's nearby! :-X)  after hearing about the fourth GUCP leak in 20 months...

Guilty.
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Post by: mmeijeri on 11/17/2010 11:14 PM
You come across a reference to the "Bionic Woman" and initially misread it as the "Biconic Woman".
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Post by: Art LeBrun on 11/18/2010 01:23 AM
You come across a reference to the "Bionic Woman" and initially misread it as the "Biconic Woman".

I read Bionic Woman as Lindsey Wagner !
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/21/2010 04:15 PM
....you have a nap on the sofa and get informed you were muttering about External Tanks :D
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Post by: JAFO on 12/22/2010 06:59 AM
We need to go through this thread and make a quiz out of it.

0-25 You're mildly a geek.
26-50 You're on the way to becoming a geek.
52-75 You could build a rocket out of spare parts.
76-100 You HAVE built a rocket out of spare parts.
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Post by: go4mars on 12/22/2010 11:29 PM
When you turn a summer-time family visit from Calgary to Manitoba into a road trip to Titusville to watch Endeavor, then it is delayed for about a week, requiring a hurried 4-day drive back to Calgary from the Cape (2900 MILES) with a travel-weary 1 year old and a less-than-thrilled wife (who caught flu) in the back seat, and a car breakdown in Montana...  And still think it was worth it.
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Post by: kking on 12/23/2010 01:48 AM
You know you're a space geek when as part of your Christmas tradition is to watch the Apollo 8 In the beginning TV broadcast.
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Post by: go4mars on 12/24/2010 05:31 AM
When you consider the KSC visitor center gift shop to be too touristy and only caters to the common man and not the space geek.

Any recommendations on where better space geek shopping may be found?
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Post by: kraisee on 12/24/2010 11:56 AM
Space Walk of Fame Museum in Titusville:

http://www.spacewalkoffame.com/

4 Main St
Titusville, FL 32796

Ross.
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Post by: Jim on 12/24/2010 01:43 PM
When you consider the KSC visitor center gift shop to be too touristy and only caters to the common man and not the space geek.

Any recommendations on where better space geek shopping may be found?

Ebay
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Post by: Art LeBrun on 12/24/2010 03:03 PM
AUCTIONS.................
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Post by: Antares on 01/17/2011 01:20 PM
When you see something sticking up off the back of a cow and the first place your brain goes is "KU band antenna" before the more accurate "bird".
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Post by: cycleroadie on 01/17/2011 01:57 PM
Atfer a 17 hour drive from upstate NY, you can only sleep for 2 hours before waking up, 3 hours before you had planned to, to continue your quest to see a shuttle launch (after 3 previous failed attempts). Then drive an hour to KSCVC and set up camp with your son in the causeway bus line, 4 hours before they will start to load the buses to the causeway. Then another couple hours on the causeway to see STS-131's twilite launch.

Oh, and attempt number five, STS-133, well the first trip down was unsuccessful, but a return in a little over 5 weeks (hopefully) is planned...
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Post by: kevin-rf on 01/17/2011 03:15 PM
When running your dog on the treadmill in the morning, as he finishes up you count down to SECO (Because the dog's name begins with the letter 'S' ). At which time you push the big red button and he takes off for the stairs like an Atlas v551.
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Post by: go4mars on 01/22/2011 02:04 PM
You frequently have literal dreams of working in the Space Industry even though your degrees and experience are more oil and gas related (Geology and Engineering).  You compensate for this by "saving up" to build a Mars Analogue research institution (dig a large tunnel to a dome in a competent rock formation, hook up large compressors, bring the atmosphere within to Mars' approximate temperature, pressure, and composition. Build a multi-staged air-lock from fabric.  Let people test various items in there (habs, suits, ISRU, semi-closed hydroponic food systems, rovers, broadcast power capabilities, robotic landers, drills, etc.)

I figure I could build it with about $10 million by getting used tunnelling equipement, locating in a batholyth with nice countertop stone (for offsetting costs during construction by quarrying out the middle with conventional rock saws), used natural gas compressors (from O&G compressor facilities), and a couple other tricks up my sleeve. 

But I don't have $10 million bucks yet. 
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Post by: SpaceUSMC on 01/23/2011 12:34 AM
When you take up SCUBA diving just because you want to see what zero g is like. Of course every dive was like a mini EVA!
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Post by: gospacex on 01/23/2011 01:48 PM
You frequently have literal dreams of working in the Space Industry even though your degrees and experience are more oil and gas related (Geology and Engineering).  You compensate for this by "saving up" to build a Mars Analogue research institution (dig a large tunnel to a dome in a competent rock formation, hook up large compressors, bring the atmosphere within to Mars' approximate temperature, pressure, and composition. Build a multi-staged air-lock from fabric.  Let people test various items in there (habs, suits, ISRU, semi-closed hydroponic food systems, rovers, broadcast power capabilities, robotic landers, drills, etc.)

I figure I could build it with about $10 million by getting used tunnelling equipement, locating in a batholyth with nice countertop stone (for offsetting costs during construction by quarrying out the middle with conventional rock saws), used natural gas compressors (from O&G compressor facilities), and a couple other tricks up my sleeve.

Many Mars-bound things can be tested, or shall I say "pre-tested", more cheaply in Antarctic<

But this is a pretty cool way to do final, "100%" tests.
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Post by: Archibald on 02/03/2011 06:27 AM
when the exhausted battery of your mobile phone signals through some "beeeep" and you just think "that sounds like a Quindar tone"
(we have a main bus undervolt, Houston)
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Post by: Bubbinski on 02/06/2011 01:33 AM
You know you're a space geek when you plunk down a bunch of bucks to attend your 4th shuttle launch in Florida (and you are a westerner who has to travel 2000 miles).
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Post by: ShuttleMania on 02/16/2011 01:01 AM
When you go on Google Voice and see there are some phone numbers with the 321 area code, and you seriously think about signing up for one of those phone numbers just to pretend you're there...
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Post by: smith5se on 02/16/2011 01:05 AM
You know your a space geek when you brag to your girlfriends you broke a nail in the shuttle simulator... and are proud of it LOL
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Post by: Spooks on 02/16/2011 01:44 AM
When you have 2TB's of drives dedicated to all things NASA!

You still tell the story of meeting Neil Armstrong when you were 2 years old and don't remember a thing...
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Post by: Mark Dave on 02/16/2011 04:38 PM
When you were at Space Camp and during a launch sim pretended to be the GLS commentator. ( I did that years ago). :)

Someone asks you about the space shuttle and confuse them with techno babble. :)
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Post by: psloss on 02/16/2011 05:04 PM
You know your a space geek when you brag to your girlfriends you broke a nail in the shuttle simulator... and are proud of it LOL
Which one?

(I mean which simulator. ;D)
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Post by: apollolanding on 02/16/2011 06:50 PM
You know you're a space geek when as part of your Christmas tradition is to watch the Apollo 8 In the beginning TV broadcast.

I attach the audio to my annual Christmas Eve email to family and friends.
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Post by: apollolanding on 02/16/2011 07:31 PM
When you use quindar tones on all of your messaging programs.  It does get annoying to others when your mobile phone repeatedly pules a 2.5kHz sine wave ;)
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Post by: smith5se on 02/17/2011 12:27 AM
You know your a space geek when you brag to your girlfriends you broke a nail in the shuttle simulator... and are proud of it LOL
Which one?

(I mean which simulator. ;D)


Motion based! LOL Broke my nail trying to climb in and out of the CDR & PLT seats without hitting my head nor bumping buttons LOL It's harder than it looks!
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 02/20/2011 07:15 AM
...when you do a complete shuttle countdown, from "tanking" to crew ingress to polling to auto sequence start, down to liftoff, before the start of a quarter-marathon race (a.k.a. 10-kilometer race) today. Heck, I even hit "Max-Q" 3 kilometers into the race, imagining I was piloting the shuttle for landing during the last portion of the race, and make a mental note of all the IPRs I have in the race!

...when you hear a good pop song and think, "Hey, this sounds good for a shuttle mission overview video!"
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Post by: wally on 02/20/2011 11:21 AM
When you are in a car, ready to go, and you tell the driver: We have a GO for main engine start!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 02/20/2011 01:59 PM
Was behind another car this morning that had a space flight acronym in it. This time it was "EMU" - and I bet he gets lots of "Ha's" from people over it being the bird, whereas the cool people think of spacesuits ;)

Americans are probably wondering how this works, but the UK registration plates are set up for three letter acronyms :)

(http://www.jjplunkett.co.uk/images/400px-British_car_registration_plate_labels.svg.png)
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Post by: wally on 02/20/2011 02:12 PM
In Romania we have the same three (random) letters at the end. You can see some EVA, OMS, SME, SRB, but I never saw an ISS - probably because they avoid using I as first letter to avoid confusion with 1. (We also have two letter for region followed by a random two digit number and three letter that you can choose if you pay a little extra).

Offtopic: Thanks for clarifying the UK registration plates code, but I didn't quite get it: what does age identifier refers to? The age of the car, driver or something else?
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Post by: Danny Dot on 02/20/2011 02:35 PM
When nasaspaceflight.com is your home page.
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Post by: RocketEconomist327 on 02/20/2011 03:16 PM
When nasaspaceflight.com is your home page.
+1

I'm so busted.

VR
RE327
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Post by: MP99 on 02/20/2011 03:48 PM
Offtopic: Thanks for clarifying the UK registration plates code, but I didn't quite get it: what does age identifier refers to? The age of the car, driver or something else?

The car.

01, 02, 03, etc are simple - number plate was issued in 2001, 2002, 2003 - in fact between March & August of those years.

51 means registered in the six months following "01", so September 2001 thru February 2002. 52 means 2002-2003, 60 means 2010-2011, and so on.

cheers, Martin
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Post by: kevin-rf on 02/22/2011 06:27 PM
When you are in a car, ready to go, and you tell the driver: We have a GO for main engine start!

Yeah, but do you have a button you push for main engine start? (instead of turning the key)
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/03/2011 10:58 AM
...when you got a medal at the space camp in Huntsville (I was only 10 yrs old back then!) for being the only attender who can give a close answer for the fuel/oxidizer used in the RCS/OMS system on the space shuttle orbiter. (well, I answered NO2 for N2O4, and there's no way I could remember monomethyl hydrazine, but at least I got the empirical ratio of the oxidizer compound correct! ;))
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Post by: malenfant on 03/03/2011 11:47 AM
When you are in a car, ready to go, and you tell the driver: We have a GO for main engine start!

Yeah, but do you have a button you push for main engine start? (instead of turning the key)

Heh ...guilty

It doesn't have a missile switch cover though ;)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/03/2011 02:06 PM

It doesn't have a missile switch cover though ;)

You see the post, go hey I need that, and immediately do a internet search to see if you can find one for your car...
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Post by: Aobrien on 03/03/2011 10:18 PM
When you wish you were president just so you could call up the ISS whenever you want
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Post by: Jason1701 on 03/03/2011 11:21 PM
When you gasp out "MECO!" after finishing a long run.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/04/2011 04:43 PM
But, did you go with throttle up the last 100 yards ?
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Post by: TexasRED on 03/04/2011 07:05 PM
How about when you bother to make a post from MCC during a LOS.  8)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/10/2011 01:07 PM
You are watching a SciFi B film (Monsters 2010) and notice in one of the scenes the background television is subtitled "space probe fails" and it is showing the Ares 1-X test flight... and you just snicker...
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 03/10/2011 01:39 PM
How about when you bother to make a post from MCC during a LOS.  8)

Epic! ;D
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Post by: Jim on 03/10/2011 01:59 PM
How about when you bother to make a post from MCC during a LOS.  8)

Or on third shift during spacecraft ops at the pad.
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Post by: TexasRED on 03/10/2011 04:26 PM
Epic! ;D

haha, just now noticed any responses. You guys will have to pardon me, first time in MCC since I was like, 10 years old. I was geeking out pretty bad.  :P

Or on third shift during spacecraft ops at the pad.

Pure awesome. Shuttle or something else?

My wife got to climb on board Discovery on the pad for pre-launch sampling and I am EXTREMELY jealous. So needless to say this mission was one of our favorites.
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Post by: Jester on 03/10/2011 04:33 PM
How about when you bother to make a post from MCC during a LOS.  8)

Or on third shift during spacecraft ops at the pad.

Or from the bunker next to the pad during launch.
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Post by: Jim on 03/10/2011 05:49 PM

Pure awesome. Shuttle or something else?


Something else.
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Post by: Jones36 on 03/10/2011 06:04 PM

It doesn't have a missile switch cover though ;)

You see the post, go hey I need that, and immediately do a internet search to see if you can find one for your car...

Guilty!
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Post by: Austin on 03/12/2011 02:46 PM
Whenever you are packing for a trip, you refer to the packing of last-minute items as "late stow activities."


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Post by: AstronauticalJoe on 03/13/2011 11:12 AM
...when someone asks you what the weather was like and you reply 'green'

...whenever you turn back home after a walk and say out loud, "RTLS, RTLS!"
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Post by: racshot65 on 03/13/2011 02:07 PM
You look for somewhere to temporarily place something and think to yourself ...

"Need somewhere to temp stow this"
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Post by: NavySpaceFan on 03/13/2011 05:13 PM
You look for somewhere to temporarily place something and think to yourself ...

"Need somewhere to temp stow this"

Guilty!
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Post by: Dapholine on 03/13/2011 08:54 PM
Oh boy, I have an entire list:
There was a shuttle launch at the same time I had to make an exam. Luckily it was the only course I had where you were allowed to use a laptop w/ internet connection. So Yes, I used 10 min of the 90 min exam to watch the launch. You should have seen the face of the guy who was checking that you weren't emailing or IM'ing anyone.  ;D

Walking through the tube stations in London I just couldn't help notice that the diameter of some of those tunnels are of ISS-module-size.

Driving into London and seeing those red double decker buses and immediately thinking: Those could fit into an ATV!

Sitting through an hour long presentation of Steve Wozniak so I could secure the best spot in the room for when Neil Armstrong would give his presentation a couple of hours later. (not that I don't like a proper geek like Wozniak, it was the Apple-fanatics around me that made it so excruciating).

You have a picture of your girlfriend in front of the Apollo 10 CM and one with a Vostok rocket, but you can't decide whether you prefer looking at the spacecraft or her in the pictures.

Your friends no longer read the signs in space museums, they simply rely on you to tell them what is on display and why it is special.

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Post by: Austin on 03/13/2011 09:26 PM

You have a picture of your girlfriend in front of the Apollo 10 CM and one with a Vostok rocket, but you can't decide whether you prefer looking at the spacecraft or her in the pictures.

I hope you didn't tell her about this one!  :)
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Post by: Dapholine on 03/14/2011 06:34 AM
I hope you didn't tell her about this one!  :)

Of course not, I might be a space geek, but I'm not stupid!  ;)
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Post by: The-Hammer on 03/21/2011 09:33 PM
When you see this post (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21525.msg712260#msg712260) and genuinely think, "Oooh! Trash Loading!".
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Post by: wally on 03/27/2011 06:37 PM
Speaking of dreams, when I was in highschool I dreamed that I reached the edge of the universe in a EVA and I just stick my hand trough the zone separating our universe to the... rest of the... whatever it was. I never got to pull back my hand, since I woke up. One of the dreams I never forget, along with the one in which I was an entity (a gray sphere) in n dimensions, where n > 4.
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Post by: Antares on 04/01/2011 10:10 PM
you think this is the best beer name ever.
http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/blog/2011/03/14/get-some-brooklyn-main-engine-start/
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Post by: SpaceAndrew25 on 04/03/2011 04:43 AM
*You come from college just to see the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.

*You have saved photos of Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, & Endeavour on your computer.

*You spend hours looking at said photos.

*When you are talking to yourself about space exploration.

*When you decide to go to see your favorite baseball team play on another night so you can see the Space Shuttle Endeavour Lift off.

*When you wish Columbia and Challenger were still here.

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Post by: MP99 on 04/07/2011 03:49 PM
...when you just want to post one more comment on NSF before you leave for work - making you late for a team meeting where you're going to receive a minor award.

Perils of being the wrong side of the Atlantic. Always something interesting to read when I get up in the morning.

cheers, Martin
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Post by: wally on 04/07/2011 06:50 PM
*You have saved photos of Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, & Endeavour on your computer.

*You don't forget about Enterprise...
*You look at the picture of the Enterprise OV-101 taken with the crew of the Enterprise NCC 1701 in the foreground and you think it's one of the most beautiful pictures. Ever.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/08/2011 01:32 PM
Every time you walk the hall at work with it's arch at the end and inward angled walls halfway down, you can not help but think you are walking inside a Thor... (The hall really is the same size, I counted the tiles).
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 04/08/2011 02:25 PM
... When you have three 16x20 posters of up-close photos of Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour (on the pad) hanging on your wall, all of which were taken by your friends :)
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Post by: wally on 04/20/2011 06:17 AM
When your wedding's tables won't be numbered, but named after the space shuttles and other famous space vehicles: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour, Buran, Soyuz, Atlas, Titan.
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Post by: astrobrian on 04/20/2011 02:44 PM
... When you have three 16x20 posters of up-close photos of Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour (on the pad) hanging on your wall, all of which were taken by your friends :)
You're welcome   8)
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 04/20/2011 03:53 PM
... When you have three 16x20 posters of up-close photos of Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour (on the pad) hanging on your wall, all of which were taken by your friends :)
You're welcome   8)

Easy now.  The Discovery pic is yours.  Larry took the other two ;)
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Post by: TheFallen on 04/20/2011 06:22 PM
-When my computer wallpaper is a photo of ISS taken during the STS-133 flyaround

-When I have framed 8x10 certificates, that I printed out after submitting my name to fly into space onboard MSL, Dawn, IKAROS and other recent deep space missions, hanging on my wall

-I wake up each morning to find at least 15 text messages on my cell phone from space websites I'm following on Twitter

- When I go to various websites talking about the shuttles' retirement and chastise those who dare to suggest that Endeavour go to Houston instead of my home city of LA. Sorry :)
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Post by: Cog_in_the_machine on 04/21/2011 05:21 PM
When you know that Gagarin did not fly on a shuttle. Don't ask.
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Post by: Jason1701 on 04/21/2011 05:47 PM
When you know Apollo 13 wasn't a shuttle flight. (Fox News.)
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Post by: rcoppola on 04/21/2011 06:07 PM
...you spend time thinking of the answer to this question.
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Post by: NotGncDude on 04/21/2011 06:17 PM
...you spend time thinking of the answer to this question.

LOL! That's a good one
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: rkoenn on 04/21/2011 06:55 PM
When, back when I was about 23, I cancelled a date with my gorgeous girl friend so I could drive with some buddies all the way from Florida's west coast to the east coast to witness a Titan launch at the last moment!!!  She wasn't very happy with me after that.

I could go on and on as I have done a lot of geeky things due to my interest in space from the time I was about 15 which is a long time ago now.  I also have a workshop full of model rockets and a wall full of unbuilt kits to boot.  Me and a couple of buddies used to make rather frequent trips across the state for Titan, Atlas, and Delta launches.  But that was the only one I cancelled a date for.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Longhorn John on 04/21/2011 07:03 PM
.....you wish you were Bob and got to see an orbiter at work :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Rifleman on 04/21/2011 07:23 PM
When, back when I was about 23, I cancelled a date with my gorgeous girl friend so I could drive with some buddies all the way from Florida's west coast to the east coast to witness a Titan launch at the last moment!!!  She wasn't very happy with me after that.


That seems perfectly reasonable to me. In fact, it is you that should be upset, because she did not want to go with you to see the launch.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Downix on 04/22/2011 02:47 PM
... when you check NSF before you even get out of bed, on your Android phone which is left on NSF permanently.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 04/22/2011 05:47 PM
... When you wonder how many different computers you check NSF from during the course of a day, and then wonder if Chris seeing that many computers for one user makes him wonder...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 05/05/2011 01:21 PM
In the work parking lot notice the car tripometer reads 321, draw a parallel to GPS IIR-1 in your mind, sigh and head into the office...   
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: NASAGeek on 05/05/2011 03:24 PM
When your car is in the shop for repairs. You think it's going through a OMDP
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 05/12/2011 02:54 PM
When you notice the the following headline on "Photonics Spectra" ,"Using SBIRs as a Platform for Success".

and "Small Business Innovation Research" is not what comes to mind.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 05/14/2011 01:36 PM
...the eligible bachelorette you've been talking to says "Oh, you're a Taurus too," and you think "Awesome, she's into rockets like me!... But why did she pick one that hasn't flown yet?" even though you'd been talking about birthdates.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: alexw on 05/20/2011 04:50 AM
(Antares: very nice one on the Taurus; a pity that it speaks volumes in the wrong direction...)

When you see an article titled "Rethinking Heavy Lift" on Aviation Leak, and it turns out to be about airships and you're automatically disappointed.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: FinalFrontier on 05/24/2011 04:58 AM
<p>...When you <strong>still</strong> have the Manned Marship drawing you made 28 years ago when you were only 14!! NOTE -- The <strong>name</strong> of the ship..............</p>


ok wait just caught this going back in time on this thread.......



are you a wizard sir or just god :o
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: FinalFrontier on 05/24/2011 05:03 AM
I will add another one:


When you know enough, or care enough about spaceflight and pushing the boundaries of what we humans can do to understand today's current issues and to have hope for the future above all else
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Sarah on 05/27/2011 12:10 PM
My mom would always call me in sick at school for shuttle launches so I could stay home and watch them. I also had a Columbia bed comforter and curtains in my bedroom. I'll see if I can find a pic of them.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 05/27/2011 12:31 PM
<p>...When you <strong>still</strong> have the Manned Marship drawing you made 28 years ago when you were only 14!! NOTE -- The <strong>name</strong> of the ship..............</p>


ok wait just caught this going back in time on this thread.......



are you a wizard sir or just god :o

No Sir; just a bit prescient perhaps ;) In hand-written stories I wrote in the early 1980s as a schoolkid, I called my new Command Module 'Orion' and new Lunar Module 'Artemis'. In the unfinished novella I wrote at 15, my Martian Excursion Modules (MEM) were named 'Enterprise' and 'Altair'.

I've been dreaming of a return to the Moon and waiting to watch Astronauts go onto Mars since getting up very early on my 7th birthday in 1972 to watch the live splashdown of Apollo 17. That morning, if you'd told me that by the time I was 46 years old there would STILL be no one on the Moon or Mars, AND that there were only few people in space, AND that Space Shuttle was being retired with essentially NO replacement... And that newsblogs, political blogs and plain old newspapers barely even covered Space anymore, except to talk about failures or to expose how much the "$2 billion dollar Shuttle" or the "$1 billion dollar probe" costs. Also, they Editorially publish far more "Isn't Space a waste of money" letters than they do notes of support.

If I'd known all this, then I probably wouldn't have bothered spending all those years burning with positive energy, waiting for a better day for manned Space that at this moment, never seems will come. I may have spent my childhood and young adulthood instead getting into trouble with the law or indulging in unsavory pass times. Or maybe something else, who knows. Space Exploration and my love for it helped shape me into the man, into the person I am today. There were plenty of other influences too, yes. But Space has been a prime one.

One thing I know is that this future we are in now is not the one I spiritually or ideology signed-up for. At the world science fiction convention in Melbourne, Australia last year I went to talks by Science Fiction writer and Mars Society co-founder Kim Stanley Robinson. In the Q & A session at the end of his main speech, I told him that I no longer had confidence that I will live long enough to see people walking, living and working on Mars. I also said that I know my concerns have a strong element of self-interest, maybe even selfishness because its something I want to see for me, as well as mankind, because of all the leaden, plodding decades that I've waited.

His eyebrows went up and I thought I saw him roll his eyes - unless I imagined it - but there was no imagining what he said in response:

Now - I don't have a recording or transcription of his reply, so my recollection may be merely apocryphal. But I believe he said; "You wont live long enough to see someone on Mars: So?! Someone will, eventually. You'll just have to be content with that."

Sheesh, Dr Robinson - so I should just 'settle', then? Just give up? Yeah, I know the world's Space Programs haven't spent a cent of my Taxpayer money - I'm just a jerk from a teeny-tiny country, sure.

But just giving in hasn't been a part of my 'Space Geek' philosophy; my Space Geek code.

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light...."


(Excerpted from Dylan Thomas)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: wjbarnett on 05/28/2011 12:15 PM
when after 27+ hour of no power and internet, you spend 2 hours between 1-3am to catch up on NSF
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Aobrien on 05/28/2011 02:37 PM
Haha yeah I do that now Sarah! It's only high school, who needs it ;D

And when your team loses a huge game by only one goal and therefore don't make it to the finals, you quickly go on this forum to get your mind off of the game that is all over the TV. -____-
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 05/31/2011 12:22 PM
when after 27+ hour of no power and internet, you spend 2 hours between 1-3am to catch up on NSF

Thats each morning, after waking up ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 06/01/2011 05:57 AM
When you stay up to watch the STS-134 landing even though you are sleepy already and need to get up to go to work the next morning.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Aobrien on 06/01/2011 06:02 AM
When you stay up to watch the STS-134 landing even though you are sleepy already and need to get up to go to work the next morning.
Yeah i think that covers quite a few of us ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Downix on 06/01/2011 06:46 AM
*raises hand* Guilty!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Downix on 06/01/2011 06:48 AM
You know you're a space geek when you take an hour tabulating out the fuel need to enable the shuttle to fly to a free return lunar orbit in order to shut up a net troll.

498,738,95­9.4 gallons of hydrazine for the OMS, incidentally
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Mapperuo on 06/03/2011 11:05 PM
Not too funny but made me think of this thread.

Walked into the living room and friend is watching blue screen on the tv, I ask 'Whats with the LOS?'  ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 06/03/2011 11:23 PM
Not too funny but made me think of this thread.

Walked into the living room and friend is watching blue screen on the tv, I ask 'Whats with the LOS?'  ;D

you know you  have been around NSF too long, when acronyms you've never seen before the definition automatically pops into your head , like that above; duhhhhhhh, 3 years ago I was a nice normal old geezer that enjoyed snarling at the changes and the "useless" younger generation (people under 35), now I'm a space geek rooting for both ;-) how times change I'm even on Twitter now!!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: TFGQ on 06/03/2011 11:58 PM
abd another thing u understand NASA jargon  am i right?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Sarah on 06/08/2011 04:30 PM
...you have gone to KSC 4 times in 6 months and taken the Discover KSC tour 8 times. Rode the Shuttle Launch Experience 13 times. Taken the regular tour 10 times. Seen both IMAX movies over 5 times each. You can recall the Orbit Cafe menu from memory. The people working in the gift shop know your name. After all that you still don't think it's enough and you never want to leave.   :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: shuttlefanatic on 06/21/2011 12:21 AM
You get home from vacation, and a voice in your head is saying "Wheels stop, welcome home.  Mission elapsed time was 7 days, 15 hours, 30 minutes...  Go for vehicle unload and safing..."
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Astro on 06/21/2011 01:01 AM
You always stay up at every launches,dockings,undockings,EVAs and many more.

All your social media streams(facebook,twitter etc) are 99% full of space related stuff.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: dr_russell on 06/22/2011 12:51 PM
You know you're a space geek when you plunk down a bunch of bucks to attend your 4th shuttle launch in Florida (and you are a westerner who has to travel 2000 miles).

Guilty as charged your honour!  ;D
Perth Western Australia to Orlando Florida

http://www.happyzebra.com/distance-calculator/Perth-to-Orlando.php
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: msc on 06/27/2011 01:46 PM
You're building a full stack model for a Fourth of July parade float with some neighbors, and use terms like "ET", "SRB", "orbiter" and, well, "full stack".

Need to remember to say, "the big orange one", and "the two skinny white ones", "the shuttle", and "the whole thing with the rockets and everything"......

 
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Post by: Antares on 06/27/2011 02:01 PM
Cool.  Post pics.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: msc on 06/27/2011 02:14 PM
I will (if I like the results. LOL!) 

I was trying to think of an appropriate place to post some pics of it, and I am glad I found this tread...... Because you are definitely a space geek if you build a scale model of full stack Atlantis for a neighborhood parade float!!!! 
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Targeteer on 06/28/2011 06:26 PM
You keep the station audio running 24 hours a day on your computers--including the one by the bed so you can subconsciously hear what's going on while you sleep.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Cog_in_the_machine on 06/28/2011 06:40 PM
I will (if I like the results. LOL!) 

I was trying to think of an appropriate place to post some pics of it,

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=1806.0
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: DanWerts on 08/02/2011 01:42 PM
If you, during launch, follow the countdown from their flight plans, Flight directors handbook, and 3 additional streams, and from a dedicated room for Space related activities with nasaspaceflight.com as your webpage...
And provide the best coverage on google wave and google+ as of STS-135 (And have been given a patch as a result...)

You...might be a geek...

Guilty!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 09/20/2011 03:28 PM
...When you use Heavens-Above.com to plan your time in the neutral bouncy tank, hot tub ::)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mduncan36 on 09/20/2011 03:41 PM
...when your wife knows better than to walk into the room with the latest Victoria's Secret purchase while you're watching a launch on the NASA channel on "date night". (Well, for a few minutes anyway.)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 09/25/2011 10:27 PM
Okay, that's the first one of these I have to shake my head at  ::)

Priorities, man  ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 09/26/2011 01:22 AM
Yeah that one would definitely land me on the couch. Marriage hint, when the wife wants a new couch, let her spend the money on a real comfy one ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: deaville on 09/26/2011 06:20 AM
when you make a comment here ...... ! :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Skamp_X on 10/04/2011 03:52 PM
-When your brother calls you saying he seen a headline on tv on some space related subject and you tell him you alreay readed several sites on the subject several hours ago.
-when you have a daily routine of checking space related news sites
-when you spend some 2000euro on telescope stuf and from time to time go sit outdoors in a car remote controling the setup taking pictures of galaxys and nebulas.
-When you sometimes get hit with insperation on how the exploration plan should be executed,
working out a compleet plan in your head and even considering posting it to some agency , but eventualy you relize you have no tecnical background whatsoever and consider it a good day dream and move on ... ::)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 10/04/2011 04:00 PM
...when you got the honor of getting a post on NSF being shot down by Jim.  8)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 10/04/2011 04:03 PM
... the margins of your notebook you use to minute meetings are filled with artists impressions of various launches and other events in space missions.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jim on 10/05/2011 02:30 AM
When you move out from your 4 bedroom-3 bath house with a den, 2 car garage with attic into a 3 bedroom condo and you claim the second master bedroom with two closets as your mancave/office. 

BTW, notice the flown Spacehab locker in the last pic
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Post by: Jim on 10/05/2011 02:32 AM
And you still need the dining room table to work on your space patch collection.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Jason1701 on 10/05/2011 04:15 AM
Jim's genuine!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Dyna-Soar on 10/05/2011 06:14 PM
When your personal office looks like this:
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02094.jpg)
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02119.jpg)
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02240.jpg)
and your dorm room looks like this
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02470.jpg)
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Post by: nathan.moeller on 10/05/2011 07:27 PM
Or like this!  We just moved in last week, too :D

Most of those photos are from Larry and Brian (Max-Q team), along with a couple from Ron.  Plenty of great Soyuz emblems from Jacques as well!  I still need to figure out how to organize my patch collection and hang up a few posters.
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Post by: spacermase on 10/05/2011 08:49 PM
When your personal office looks like this:
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02240.jpg)
and your dorm room looks like this

Is that a Sea Dragon to the left of the J-246?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Silmfeanor on 10/05/2011 09:31 PM
When your personal office looks like this:

And what is that Falcon heavy - with a bigger upper stage + an escape tower thingy? Based on something? haven't seen it before  ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Dyna-Soar on 10/05/2011 11:09 PM
Spacermase:

That's a Leviathan, http://www.launchcomplexmodels.com/DirectP2/main.html

Slimfeanor:

That's my interpretation of Lunar flyby capable  Falcon Heavy (The large part on top is an EDS. Also this model was built prior to SpaceX planning to use an integrated escape system.)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: nathan.moeller on 10/06/2011 02:44 PM
When your personal office looks like this:
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02240.jpg)
and your dorm room looks like this

Is that a Sea Dragon to the left of the J-246?

Pretty sure it's the Falcon XX
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 10/06/2011 03:00 PM
When your personal office looks like this:
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC02240.jpg)
and your dorm room looks like this

Is that a Sea Dragon to the left of the J-246?

Pretty sure it's the Falcon XX

It's the big fully-reusable HLV that was on the DIRECT2 proposal.  I don't know what Ross and the guys called it.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: TFGQ on 10/06/2011 05:03 PM
when your parents and sister call your collection nothing but junk and they want u to sell out  or when your at the SLF in 1994 with Crip and Bob Seick and u ask them was there enough time left in a 2.5 hour window for a recycle in the count if something cropped up durning the count
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Kaputnik on 11/01/2011 07:59 PM
When this causes you to LOL inexplicably in front of your wife:

I think that's an MVac, not an M9.  I'd like to see the flight 2 version....
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 11/01/2011 08:04 PM
You have to correct a presenter in class:

"excuse me, but Dana Rohrabacher is a guy" :P
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 11/01/2011 08:19 PM
When you are in the milk section of the grocer and you ask your brother, if he would like you to buy the 2% milk, and he says, "Not this month, going to try going off cows milk because of the gout." and you say, "Ok, then I'll buy the Soyuz for myself!" and realize almost immediately what you said,  :-[ and because he is a Rus-phile, he asks under his breath "Unity??"  ;D and your response is, "Shaddup!!"  ::) but you find it on sale, one dollar off, and you buy two Soyuz for almost the price of one :D 
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 11/04/2011 12:15 PM
When this causes you to LOL inexplicably in front of your wife:
I think that's an MVac, not an M9.  I'd like to see the flight 2 version....

True story: I was grinning at my own work with that line during a meeting and had to somehow weave my grin into the topic being discussed.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 11/04/2011 12:27 PM
When, in a quiet moment, you suddenly find yourself attempting to mentally calculate the different burn times of the central and outboard boosters on the Falcon Heavy, assuming propellent cross-feed.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/04/2011 12:36 PM
Was behind another car this morning that had a space flight acronym in it. This time it was "EMU" - and I bet he gets lots of "Ha's" from people over it being the bird, whereas the cool people think of spacesuits ;)

Americans are probably wondering how this works, but the UK registration plates are set up for three letter acronyms :)

(http://www.jjplunkett.co.uk/images/400px-British_car_registration_plate_labels.svg.png)

Passed another car with APU on the registration plate this time. Gave the lady driver a look of approval - got a confused, but friendly, smile back.

BERGIN DOUBLE WIN! ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mmeijeri on 11/04/2011 12:38 PM
So you're telling us you were checking out her APU? I wonder what Mrs Bergin will have to say about that...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Dapholine on 11/05/2011 10:37 AM
When you get a Space Shuttle Cake as an 'I love you'/ birthday present.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 11/05/2011 11:06 AM
I liked Ben The Space Brit's study. I can relate! In two sets of pics, here's some of the contents of mine. Many books on space exploration, aviation, submarines, military history, motorcycles, music...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 11/05/2011 11:09 AM
And in my display cabinets: space models and collectables, science-fiction models and stuff... There's more, but that's probably enough! Yep; a space-geek and sci-fi geek, too.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: apollolanding on 11/06/2011 08:53 PM
 ...when every couple of weeks you chuckle at the thought of Charlie Duke saying, "Roger Twank..."

Actually one of the more endearing moments in all of human spaceflight.  It represents to me the humanity, the wonder and excitability of even the most seasoned professionals at one of mankind's most amazing achievements.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: deaville on 11/07/2011 03:57 PM
... you make a posting on this topic.  :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 11/08/2011 05:06 AM
One of the first memories you have is watching one of the Apollo missions leave for the moon (probably either 16 or 17), and even then you realize it’s something you’ll remember when you’re older (I was 3 at the time).
 
Having recently realized there is a grown-up version of Space Camp, you start plotting to attend the following year.
 
Your wife wants to go to central Florida tourist locations for a vacation and when she brings up going to Kennedy, you have to fight the urge to do the ‘happy dance’ right then and there.
 
Your wife deeply regrets her earlier decision to go to Kennedy after she sees the massive pile of swag you bought at the Visitor Center gift shop.
 
Using some of the above named swag, you put this together as a Halloween costume:
 
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/Sci-Fi/Armageddon%20Flightuits/Armageddonflightsuit.jpg)
 
Then, you post prints Photoshopped pics of yourself at the office while wearing it on Halloween, leaving people to wonder if you bought it or had it given to you under taxpayer expense.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/Sci-Fi/leegantryS.jpg)
 
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/Space/LeeandShuttle.jpg)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: iamlucky13 on 11/11/2011 04:59 PM
If anytime you hear a three-digit number given in units of seconds, you automatically think the speaker is talking about rocket performance, you know you're a space nerd.

If anytime you hear a four-digit number given in units of seconds, you automatically think the speaker is talking about rocket performance, you know you're a space geek.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: JAFO on 11/15/2011 04:25 PM
Bad: You note the jetbridge is pulling away from your airplane and tell your crew "White room pullback."

Worse: They've flown with you enough they also know what you're talking about.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 11/28/2011 03:27 AM
...when you have the patience to expand the list of R-7 launches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_R-7_launches) (1700+ since 1957!) on Wikipedia, and wonders how long will it be before I can fight the way out of the Zenit crowd and reach the promised land of the Yantar.  :P  (I'm currently working on 1973 launches. The list is still incomplete for 1973-1989.)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: RachelTBue on 11/29/2011 07:46 PM
I choose locker numbers at the gym to coincide w/previous shuttle missions.....Is that bad?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 12/01/2011 06:21 PM
I choose locker numbers at the gym to coincide w/previous shuttle missions.....Is that bad?

Guilty!  Except I pick engine numbers.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 12/01/2011 06:37 PM
Guilty!  Except I pick engine numbers.
Why do I have a sinking feeling, you are talking the serial numbers and not model numbers?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 12/03/2011 04:59 AM
I don't go to gyms with enough lockers to pick serial numbers :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 12/03/2011 05:37 AM
You know you're a space geek when you just bought an X-15 and the new AMT Man in Space set from Squadron on Black Friday.  Even though you already have earlier boxings of the AMT kit.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: go4mars on 12/04/2011 03:45 AM
When your children are named after companies that impressively contributed to the Apollo program. 
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: MATTBLAK on 12/04/2011 03:52 AM
When your children are named after companies that impressively contributed to the Apollo program. 

You mean you have children named Honeywell, IBM, McDonnell, Rockwell etc?  :o
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: david1971 on 12/06/2011 06:27 PM
The first thing you check when investigating buying a Roku is "Does this get NASA TV?"
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 12/06/2011 07:06 PM
The first thing you check when investigating buying a Roku is "Does this get NASA TV?"

And you didn't provide the rest of us the answer... ducking out and quickly turning on the Logitech Revue to see...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: david1971 on 12/06/2011 08:21 PM
Roku does support NASA TV.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 12/14/2011 01:33 AM
You see moon and creepy in the same sentence and think someone misspelled KREEP.
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Post by: Bubbinski on 12/15/2011 03:48 AM
When you build and finish two 1/72nd scale space shuttle Atlantises.  One on its ET and SRB's (Monogram kit) and the other on its landing gear with an opening cockpit lid (Revell).  Spent 14 man-months between the two of them.

(Pics of both present in the NASA modeling thread).
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Post by: krytek on 12/16/2011 10:20 AM
When you tell your girlfriend you have to show her something and she
immediately goes off "NO NO NOT ROCKETS AGAIN!!!"
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Post by: go4mars on 12/16/2011 12:18 PM
You mean you have children named Honeywell, IBM, McDonnell, Rockwell etc?  :o
You got one of them.  Rockwell. 
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Post by: kevin-rf on 12/16/2011 12:38 PM
You mean you have children named Honeywell, IBM, McDonnell, Rockwell etc?  :o
You got one of them.  Rockwell. 

I did name my dog Stratosphere, I should sue Paul Allen for trademark (tm) infringement ;)

 (Of course this was after my wife rejected Shovel Eater (cave behind where he was born, so I picked the cave across the street, Stratosphere Balloon, oh well there goes my lawsuit).
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Post by: Aobrien on 12/16/2011 02:41 PM
You're at 3 years and counting working on an accurate 1:100 scale model of the International Space Station
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 12/17/2011 11:24 AM
Well, I had a friend who used to have three cats named Neil, Buzz and Mike!
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Post by: p51 on 12/17/2011 10:13 PM
You don't really like the MA-1 jackets at the KSC gift shop so you set out to put one together with the patches you like. And in doing so, you realize you have all but one of the patches you want on it already in a box. So, with a $35 catch on eBay for the jacket and about $6 from the KSC gift shop for the 40th anniversary patch, you have a jacket that would cost around $140!  :D
And you're even more a space geek if you slap photos of it on a lunar background!  ;)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/Space/ApolloJacketMoon.jpg)
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 12/19/2011 12:26 AM
On the subject of jackets, here's one I've had since my Freshman year of college. The jacket itself is just a cheap-o from Wal-Mart; the patches are from The Space Store and the name badge is from my old Space Camp flight suit.

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/OV-104/DSC00341.jpg)
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Post by: A on 12/20/2011 12:52 AM
You spend your friday night making this video... ::)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ37boWaJCw
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Post by: kevin-rf on 12/20/2011 04:20 PM
When you get an ad from thinkgeek that includes Christmas shipping cutoffs and notice the Mars via Phobos-Grunt shipping option cutoff has passed ::)
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Post by: Antares on 12/20/2011 08:26 PM
When you have pictures of old Titans stored on your phone but none of your kids.
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Post by: Ares67 on 12/23/2011 10:11 AM
... when the shuttle is sharing the bed with you ;D - that's me in 1981, when my love affair with space had just started. By the way, I still have got this bed-linen, although I am not using it any more... really! ;)
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Post by: saturnapollo on 12/23/2011 11:01 AM
When you spend nearly 13 years working on a 1/144 scale ISS, only adding pieces as and when the real items get launched!

Keith
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Post by: Hungry4info3 on 12/23/2011 03:44 PM
When you spend nearly 13 years working on a 1/144 scale ISS, only adding pieces as and when the real items get launched!

Guilty, though I'm not sure of the scale of mine.
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Post by: Jim on 12/25/2011 12:35 PM
When you make collages of yourself
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Post by: alexterrell on 12/25/2011 12:39 PM
You visit this site on Christmas Day.
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Post by: kch on 12/25/2011 12:48 PM
You visit this site on Christmas Day.

:D
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Post by: Maciej Olesinski on 12/25/2011 04:00 PM
You visit this site on Christmas Day.
Oh gee been here today so many times  ;D
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Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 12/25/2011 05:05 PM
You visit this site on Christmas Day.
Oh gee been here today so many times  ;D

you too, space geeks ;D

Merry Christmas
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Post by: p51 on 12/26/2011 03:37 AM
You wife gives you 'that look' when she asks what your best Christmas present was, and you smile while saying it was that John Glenn sent your photo back signed and it arrived in Christmas Eve, so therefore, that was your best present...
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Post by: Ares67 on 12/29/2011 02:15 PM
... when your doors have this special look. :)

You will find additional photos in the NASA model building thread at
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=1806.1440
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Post by: Beemer on 12/29/2011 11:50 PM
You know you are a space geek when as a kid you beg your mother to let you stay home from school to watch a launch, and then fake illness to stay home anyway when she says no  ;D

Thank God for the internet, I don't need to come up with excuses any more!
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Post by: kevin-rf on 01/16/2012 04:18 PM
When you get more space related text news alerts on your cell than you get text messages from friends and family.

...and your wife refers to the constant beeping as "your mistress is texting you again".
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Post by: DarthVader on 01/16/2012 04:22 PM
You know you are a space geek when you seriously considered waking-up your 3 year old at 6am on a Saturday morning to see the launch of MSL (the wife vetoed it and he saw the launch as replay)
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 01/19/2012 03:13 AM
...when you think about why no nuspace companies are based at the Greater Green River Intergalatic Spaceport (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Green_River_Intergalactic_Spaceport).  :P
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Post by: JohnFornaro on 01/19/2012 06:03 PM
When you see a Honda CRV and think, "Gosh, you'd think HSF would be affordable now that you can buy a CRV for less than $30K".
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Post by: Bubbinski on 01/23/2012 04:55 AM
When you take advantage of unseasonably warm weather to paint and build 4 new 1/72nd manned space models to join your 1/72nd scale shuttle that you finish in early December.

(Latest: the new Dragon 1/72 Mercury Redstone.  Look for some pics soon in the NASA modeling thread).

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Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 01/23/2012 06:22 AM
When you get 2 hours sleep, wake up at 12:30 am, and at 2 am your sitting here, with a mug of hot milk and ovaltine, catching up on what's happening on NSF  ;D

Good Morning Chris  ;D
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Post by: catdlr on 01/24/2012 03:55 AM
When you get 2 hours sleep, wake up at 12:30 am, and at 2 am your sitting here, with a mug of hot milk and ovaltine, catching up on what's happening on NSF  ;D

Good Morning Chris  ;D


WOW, and I thought I was the only one that did that.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 02/17/2012 07:01 PM
Your know your not a space geek when you have to decided between the live ULA webcast of last nights scrubbed launch and walking the dog and after much debate the dog with the crossed legs wins!

Of course I knew it didn't go before we got home thanks the smart phone in the pocket ;)
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Post by: Aeroman on 02/17/2012 07:31 PM
You kknow you're a space geek when you fret about whether to take your daughter to her color guard practice or waiting to see if the Atlas launch would go off as planned.  Good thing it didn't (at least for me).
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Post by: Airlock on 02/17/2012 07:43 PM
You know you're a space geek when you use google docs to keep a colorized delta-v matrix compiled from various sources over the years; helpful for when you really need to know how much delta-v you need to get from EML-1 to Phobos.
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Post by: DarthVader on 02/17/2012 07:54 PM
You know you are a space geek when all you ever build with your kid's LEGO are spacecrafts, moon landers or rockets
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Post by: p51 on 02/18/2012 02:50 AM
You know you’re a space geek when at the age of 42, you FINALLY get to apply for Space Camp (the adult course, naturally, signing up for September). And you’ve already bought your flight suit and have changed some of the patches to look more like what you had in mind.
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 02/18/2012 04:01 AM
your first college party with alcohol is a star party.
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Post by: Bubbinski on 02/19/2012 01:43 AM
When you already have a 1/144 Saturn V built but you start building another one to replace it.  And when you work on X-15 and SpaceShip One kits at the same time.  (Watch the NASA model building thread for an upcoming progress report).
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Post by: Rahkashi on 02/19/2012 02:10 AM
When you stay up all night to watch Atlantis land.....
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Post by: p51 on 02/24/2012 02:42 PM
...You watched last night’s “Big Bang Theory” and took a good look at Howard’s flight suit, amazed that they not only got the right suit, but also the mission specialist wings nameplate correct. Then, you rolled your eyes as you know they don’t actually do survival training in the flight suits.
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Post by: astrobrian on 03/04/2012 03:08 AM
when you try texting "babe" to your girlfriend, and the phone tries to autocorrect with VAB   8)
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Post by: Bubbinski on 03/04/2012 04:08 AM
When you seriously consider a trip 2000 miles across the country to see the shuttle Discovery.  And when you build ANOTHER 1/72 manned spacecraft (the Gemini is in work).
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/05/2012 01:51 PM
When you have already have placed an order for filters (plural) and put in your vacation time request for the June 5th event!
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/05/2012 03:48 PM
When you have already have placed an order for filters (plural) and put in your vacation time request for the June 5th event!

...and the May 21st event here.  ;) (annular solar eclipse!)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/05/2012 04:26 PM
When you have already have placed an order for filters (plural) and put in your vacation time request for the June 5th event!

...and the May 21st event here.  ;) (annular solar eclipse!)

Debating a sunset road trip. The sunset line is only a few states away ;)

If the Gemini crew could spend two week in something the size of a bug, what's 10-20 hrs. in a Prius?
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Post by: mduncan36 on 03/05/2012 04:38 PM
When you can't wait for your twelve year old daughter's spring break because SHE wants to go to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and you really want her to take the bus tour around MSFC with you. (I blew it but could she become an astronaut?)
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 03/05/2012 05:39 PM
I don't think they do bus tours of MSFC anymore.
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Post by: mduncan36 on 03/05/2012 06:34 PM
I don't think they do bus tours of MSFC anymore.

So I've learned.  :) We'll tour the Saturn at the rest stop at the TN state line on 65S.
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Post by: Jackspace on 03/08/2012 12:57 AM
When you enter the NSS Space Setlment Compotition.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/10/2012 05:38 PM
When you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a test laptop and the first website you visit is NSF :-)

Oooh… in IE 10 they finally built in a spell check!
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Post by: ARD on 03/10/2012 11:03 PM
When you enter the NSS Space Setlment Compotition.

This one directly applies to me, though my own submission isn't quite ready yet.  Did you work in a group?  If so, how big? 
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Post by: Jester on 03/11/2012 07:12 PM
When you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a test laptop and the first website you visit is NSF :-)

Oooh… in IE 10 they finally built in a spell check!

Busted ! and on the Dev preview too ;)
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Post by: Antares on 03/29/2012 02:24 AM
You decided while driving home that you'd finance the first M1d launch and redevelopment and initial launch of the Dual Engine Centaur if you win Mega Millions.
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Post by: p51 on 03/29/2012 03:58 AM
... you enter the Zero G 300th flight patch competition and even though you're competing against a bazillion people who also probably entered, you've had day dreams about winning and going on the flight ever since you did so.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/29/2012 12:47 PM
You decided while driving home that you'd finance the first M1d launch and redevelopment and initial launch of the Dual Engine Centaur if you win Mega Millions.
Heck with that, start your own rocket company as a non-profit. That way more of the money can be applied to rockets. Reusable rockets that is!
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Post by: Disco747 on 04/21/2012 05:11 PM
Also when you have a favorite orbiter.
Definitely guilty! Discovery!

Also, when I see the display on the microwave counting down the last ten seconds, I count down the last ren seconds of a Shuttle launch in my mind, including 'liftoff'!

Space Shuttle models - check. I have three pottery Space Shuttle sculptures that I made myself, Discovery in orbit, Endeavour touching down, and Columbia launching.

Space Shuttle photos - check. I have photos of Discovery all over my room, and on my screensaver.

I also stayed up until nearly 3:00 a.m. South African time to watch Discovery's STS-116 launch on CNN, for both launch attempts! Fortunately she launched the second time!
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Post by: Jackspace on 04/22/2012 01:28 AM
Sorry for taking so long to respond ARD, but regrettably I don't have a group yet, most kids I know are more interested in the daily lives of celebrities than humanities future.
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Post by: AS-503 on 06/04/2012 09:38 PM
You know you're a space geek when;

You have a Saturn V themed cycling jersey, socks, and water bottles. :D
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Post by: Chilly on 06/05/2012 01:24 PM
You know you're a space geek when;

You have a Saturn V themed cycling jersey, socks, and water bottles. :D


 :o
NICE. Make that yourself?
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Post by: Chilly on 06/05/2012 01:27 PM
...you spend eight years writing a novel about it, including starting over from scratch at Page One when your home PC crashes, taking the backup disc with it (yes, it happened that long ago).
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Post by: Bubbinski on 07/31/2012 05:26 AM
When you go into your local hobby shop and the owner shows you a 1/72nd Dragon Saturn V available.  For a couple hundred bucks.  And you buy it.  On the spot.  Despite not having enough room to display it at the moment.

When you make it a habit to visit the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake (at the Gateway) just about every weekend.

When you register for the JPL NASA Tweetup and get super bummed when you don't make even the waitlist.

When you ask your boss for a half day off on the Monday after Curiosity's landing because you know you'll be wired and staying up all night on August 5th/6th.
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Post by: Beemer on 07/31/2012 01:06 PM
When you go into your local hobby shop and the owner shows you a 1/72nd Dragon Saturn V available.  For a couple hundred bucks.  And you buy it.  On the spot.  Despite not having enough room to display it at the moment.

When you make it a habit to visit the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake (at the Gateway) just about every weekend.

When you register for the JPL NASA Tweetup and get super bummed when you don't make even the waitlist.

[/b]When you ask your boss for a half day off on the Monday after Curiosity's landing because you know you'll be wired and staying up all night on August 5th/6th.[/B]


I hear you on that last part. I'm going to be a zombie at work that Monday.
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Post by: RanulfC on 07/31/2012 09:22 PM
When you make it a habit to visit the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake (at the Gateway) just about every weekend.
Well when you LIVE there, duh.....

Now you're a REAL "Space Geek" type if you visit every weekend... from Michigan! (Because, you know, it just "happens" to be on the way, between the Cape and Vandenburg... ;) )

Randy
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 08/01/2012 01:07 AM
My first "real" college party was a star party held during the April 2011 blackout.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/01/2012 01:59 AM
Aaah... the guy with the bolt cutters I see!
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 08/01/2012 10:58 AM
Well, I'm luckier - down here in New Zealand, the landing time is about 5:30pm!! All I have to do is leave work earlier and get home in time to watch. It'll be a nail biter.  8)

Then, later in the evening, I have to go host a Special General Meeting to start the dismantling of the Spaceflight Association I've been a member of since 1984...  :'(
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 08/01/2012 11:01 AM
Bubbinski; I've been looking for a decent Saturn V for years: one far more robust than a fragile, plastic model kitset by Airfix, Revell, Monogram etc.

Is the Dragon model really good? And about how tall is a 1/72 scale version? I know that a 1/144 scale is about 30 inches, or 78cm.
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Post by: Bubbinski on 08/02/2012 01:12 AM
Mattblak, the Dragon Saturn V looks the part but could use some improvements.  Not enough markings and there are seams visible if you look close up.  Also the S4B interstage/engine mount isn't accurate, which really doesn't make any difference if you display the stack as a whole unit.  Doesn't look too bad and is 5 feet + tall. 

I plan on making many improvements to mine, starting with getting rid of the seams (primer/putty and respraying paint) and putting on decals from the Apogee set (for their flying kit).  The fins are white and I'll make 'em Alclad Aluminum or Polished Aluminum.  And I'll get the Apollo 10 1/72 CSM/LM/BPC kit from Dragon and affix it to the S4B.  There may be other improvements as well.

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Post by: MATTBLAK on 08/02/2012 06:35 AM
Thank you! I'll take your comments under advisement.
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Post by: mjp25 on 08/15/2012 03:08 AM
You're a teacher and all of the other teachers keep referring to the website MyLearningPlan as MLP and every time you think Mobile Launch Platform.
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Post by: Ares67 on 08/17/2012 11:16 AM
You're a teacher and all of the other teachers keep referring to the website MyLearningPlan as MLP and every time you think Mobile Launch Platform.

Yes, that’s the same with me when I sometimes hear sports news about the German 3rd league soccer club Karlsruher Sport Club – short KSC. Of course it’s not soccer which comes to my mind then…
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 08/17/2012 12:45 PM
You read a fanfiction about a steampunk-style journey to the Moon and immediately start mentally pulling apart the spacecraft, technology, in-flight proceedures and flight plan for credibility.

Oh... and when you enter a review, it's as full of acronyms as any technical NSF forum post. :P
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Post by: savuporo on 09/05/2012 11:47 PM
I saw this ad, and read it as Gross liftoff weight, not kidding.

http://bit.ly/TXVzQx

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Post by: kevin-rf on 09/06/2012 12:37 PM
Well, I bet the mass fraction would be something to whistle at...
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Post by: Go/NoGo on 09/09/2012 12:16 PM
When at age 48 (two years ago) you rediscover the excitement of space exploration you felt as a child watching Neil Armstrong Live from the Moon, and you now own 7 telescopes, 100+ DVDs, and 100+ books on astronomy and space exploration;

When you wear this jacket to (non-space related) work almost every day, and you don't care about the looks you get on the subway (being 50 is nice. You don't much care what people think of you!);

Wanting to throttle teenagers who have no clue when, after seeing the jacket, ask you if you're an astronaut, and you answer you're an amateur astronomer;

When you tell everyone who'll listen that the first "feet" on the Moon were Canadian. (Héroux-Devtek, the subcontractor who built the LEM landing gear is just across the river from Montreal)...And waiting/hoping to be called on it because of the soft landings of Lunas 9 and 13, ans Surveyors 3, 5, 6 and 7 that all predated Apollo 11...and no one ever does (sigh).

When at age 50, you discover this forum, and realize that compared to the hard-core space enthusiasts here, you're just a babe in the woods, and you're humbled by it. 
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Post by: Go/NoGo on 09/09/2012 01:00 PM
When you hear the Apollo launch sequence at T -15 seconds "Guidance is internal", and you think "hey, that's a pretty good philosophy for life!".
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Post by: thydusk666 on 09/09/2012 01:38 PM
When hearing "Ten..Nine.." gets you by reflex a massive adrenalin rush.

When the Apollo quindar tones feel like the most awesome comm sounds ever, while others see them just some annoying beeps.

When you watch a DIVH launch with a stupid smile, without blinking and much too close to the monitor. And the launch success seems far greater than Ayrton Senna's lap in Monte Carlo `86.
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Post by: spaceStalker on 09/09/2012 03:59 PM
You are space geek when you see Benedict Wong [ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0938950/ (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0938950/) ] in Prometheus and the first thing you told to yourself is: omg dont wreck the ship again! (that guy play in Sunshine and he practically wreck Icarus 2 )

...or that is when you watch too many sci-fi movies..
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Post by: Bubbinski on 09/09/2012 05:21 PM
When you print out a bunch of 4x6 pics, each a piece of the Mars Curiosity color pan of Gale Crater, and post them on your cubicle wall like assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

When you plan to celebrate your birthday by going to the Calif. Science Center in LA and spending it w/the shuttle Endeavour (coming up in Nov.).
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Post by: Zero-G on 09/10/2012 05:45 PM
...when a particular switch on one of the computer screens at work is broken and the only way to activate it is with a pen, and you instantly think: "Just like the circuit-breaker switch aboard the Apollo 11 LM, before lift-off from Tranquility Base."

And even more: You are NOT going to have the screen with the broken switch exchanged, because it gives you that little "Apollo 11 moment" once in a while.
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Post by: DeanG1967 on 09/12/2012 01:56 AM
You know you're a space geek when:

....you post in a threat labeled "You know you're a space geek when..."
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Post by: strangequark on 09/12/2012 02:23 PM
You see a sign for a business that says "Water Ice", and don't parse it as "Water and Ice", but as water-ice versus ammonia-ice or methane-ice.
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 10/04/2012 04:07 PM
You actually seriously wonder what module of the ISS is being represented in a modest-budget TV sitcom.  Then you know the technical issues well enough that you can answer the question.  8)

As evidence (and a Mea Culpa) (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=28856.msg960860#msg960860).
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Post by: p51 on 10/04/2012 04:56 PM
You find yourself having to keep your trap shut during the "space history" section of adult Space Camp, knowing your trainer was getting a few key details wrong based on bad info, and trying not laugh ahead of time when the same trainer is building up to the Gemini sandwich story as you've heard Young himself talk about that.
That, and people you're at camp with soon come up to asking what do in the orbiter when things are going wrong and actually have the commander ask you for tips on how to land the orbiter during the main mission simulation.
And, you're sort of glad it's too hot at camp to wear the flight suits as you have a real NASA nomex one in you locker and it'd be too tempting to wear it otherwise.
Also, you feel a true sense of loss when you leave, as you know that's as close as you'll ever get, and you almost feel like you're going to lose it from that feeling...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/SpaceCamp2012/IMG_0056640x459.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/SpaceCamp2012/IMG_0129640x531.jpg)
http://www.freewebs.com/willysmb44/spacecamp.htm
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Post by: Bubbinski on 10/10/2012 05:43 AM
When you set your alarm for 5 AM Mountain to watch the SpaceX Dragon grapple tomorrow (10/10/12).  And you'll only get 5 hours of sleep.
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Post by: Ares67 on 12/09/2012 08:11 PM
…when, early in the morning on your way to work, you are walking over a pristine snow cover that has accumulated overnight and – looking at the footprints – all you can think of is, “That’s one small step…” ;D
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Post by: SpaceWeaselUMICH on 12/09/2012 08:38 PM
When the only economy news you care about is the space industry; because it improves your chances.  ::)
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Post by: MattJL on 12/16/2012 04:25 AM
When you find yourself running through an almost empty Air and Space Museum (literally 10 minutes before closing) just so you can find the Surveyor 3 camera.

When you become friends with someone because they know what you're talking about when you tell that story.

When you spend your spare time over a period of almost four years (and counting) trying to design a manned lunar program from scratch.  So far, it's looking a bit like the Soviet lunar stack atop a Saturn C-4...  ;)

When you read all 47 pages of this discussion and find yourself nodding in agreement to pretty much all of it.  :D
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Post by: Sarah on 12/18/2012 03:29 AM
When these are your bedroom drapes and bedspread in 1st grade. No pink or dolls for me. Mom said I was weird.  :D
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Post by: SpaceWeaselUMICH on 12/22/2012 01:41 AM
When these are your bedroom drapes and bedspread in 1st grade. No pink or dolls for me. Mom said I was weird.  :D

Not weird. Awesome.  8)
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Post by: Space Pete on 12/25/2012 12:30 PM
When you check this forum on Christmas Day. :D
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Post by: SimonShuttle on 12/25/2012 01:33 PM
When you check this forum on Christmas Day. :D

So true! Although Christmas TV is notoriously crap nowadays and the relatives are already annoying me :D

NSF is my escape! Might show them that megacool ISS video out of L2 on the big TV later, just brighten the day up.
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Post by: Star One on 12/25/2012 02:18 PM
When you check this forum on Christmas Day. :D

Very true but then again Christmas Day TV is so bad these days.... ;D
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Post by: Satori on 12/25/2012 03:13 PM
When you check this forum on Christmas Day. :D

Very true but then again Christmas Day TV is so bad these days.... ;D

How common this is everywhere!!!
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Post by: Space Pete on 12/25/2012 04:38 PM
Although Christmas TV is notoriously crap nowadays... :D

You mean you don't want your annual festive dose of EastEnders? ;D
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Post by: DavidH on 02/06/2013 06:52 PM
You nuke your lunch at work and notice the toaster has a button that might do more than originally intended.
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Post by: Ares67 on 02/07/2013 11:55 PM
You nuke your lunch at work and notice the toaster has a button that might do more than originally intended.

Reminds me of "The Brave Little Toaster"... ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd5W1SMFQ-0
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Post by: strangequark on 02/08/2013 12:36 AM
You comment to a visiting family member that Sedona looks like Mars will one day.

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Post by: p51 on 02/08/2013 11:30 PM
You comment to a visiting family member that Sedona looks like Mars will one day.
How odd, I said exactly that when my wife and I were there in 2008! Then the next day, we were at Meteor Crater, and they told us there were 'NASA people' down in crater doing experiements that at the time they thought would lead to a return to the Moon. How bright the future looked then...
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Post by: Bubbinski on 02/09/2013 02:18 AM
When you fly to California for a 3 day weekend to watch an Atlas launch. 
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Post by: JohnFornaro on 03/03/2013 03:30 PM
Ha I seem to have forgotten we were mammals for a minute.

Now that would score very high on You Know You're A Space Geek When... thread  ::)

Consider it done.
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Post by: wkann on 03/03/2013 04:12 PM
Back in 8th grade, your history class plays a trivia game, and the kid in front of you gets the question "What Does NASA stand for?" and you try to keep calm and not explode when the kids gets it wrong. It still stuns me to this day.
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Post by: R7 on 03/03/2013 05:57 PM
Ha I seem to have forgotten we were mammals for a minute.

Now that would score very high on You Know You're A Space Geek When... thread  ::)

Consider it done.

 ;D in all fairness; one knows to be a space geek when after reading someone forgetting the existence of bosom the first thought is this thread.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/14/2013 11:51 AM
Happy Pi Day!!!
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Post by: p51 on 03/14/2013 09:34 PM
Your wife has cut you off for using the phrases, "go for re-entry" or "pressing for MECO" at really the wrong times if you know what I mean...

You go to KSC and can't figure out which makes you the most sad; Pad 39B being wiped clean or the fact that you know it'll be several years before you will get back there again.

You once argued with your middle school social studies teacher in class, who had no idea that the best thing about being Vice President is to be in charge of the space program...

If you think you're going to have a bad day at work, you decide to wear one of your mission shirts, knowing if THOSE guys could hop in a rocket and risk a horrific death, then no stupid meeting at the office could be anywhere near as bad, and then go through the day like you're wearing a suit of armor...

The people at the local BBQ place have heard you talking with people about being at Johnson, Marshall, and Kennedy and see you in NASA gear so often, they assume you are with NASA and give you the military discount (which I accepted as I'm a Army reserve Captain anyway)

You bring in flight suits, jacket and such to the patch sewing place at the local military base, they simply assume you work for some kind of NASA field office and say, "Hey, the NASA guy is back!" every time you show up for something new. Happened the other day to me...
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Post by: iamlucky13 on 03/16/2013 10:52 AM
If while doing the laundry, you wonder whether NASA has ever studied optimal clothes folding techniques, and you then dig around on NTRS until you find the answer.

Bonus points if your current folding technique already matches one NASA uses:

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19710012451_1971012451.pdf
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Post by: Jamie Young on 04/12/2013 04:54 PM
When you go away camping where there's no wifi and the first thing you do when you get back is login here :D
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Post by: p51 on 04/12/2013 10:45 PM
-You can't see any piece of clothing in a store that's royal blue without thinking, "wow, that'd look prefect with a NASA meatball or a mission patch sewn onto it!"
-You pay the money to tour Space Center Houston really for the most part just to get into the gift shop (seriously, why can't there be a 'just here to buy stuff' door to that place?), and you most looked forward to spins through the gift shop at Kennedy the last time you were there.
-Your wife says, "Seriously, can't you have any clothes without a patch or mission logo on them?"
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Post by: CNYMike on 04/13/2013 10:53 PM
....You're planning that this year, finally, your summer vacation will include a stop at Wallops Island, regardless of whether they launch anything, because of the two east coast launch sites, it's in driving range.

...You're probably the only person you know who knows what Wallops Island is (in the real world, that is).

...You posted on this thread, and feel bad that you never did it before.
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Post by: p51 on 04/23/2013 05:51 AM
You have the Wolowitz nameplate made to go with the pirated 'Big Bang Theory' mission patch you scored off eBay, just for the heck of it...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/Sci-Fi/BBTtags_zps565fc0f0.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/willysmb44/media/Sci-Fi/BBTtags_zps565fc0f0.jpg.html)
I can re-create his mission jacket right now, as he used a standard Alpha Industries shuttle jacket, they even used the same oversized NASA patch that comes with it. The only reason I don't make a copy of his jacket is that his jacket is probably a medium size, if that. I'm not 100% sure what I'll be doing with the nameplate but it's nice to have...
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/26/2013 01:27 PM
Last night while sitting in the hottub, watch two satellites cross less than a degree apart, get out, head inside, and on the first two tries identify both (Lacrosse 4, and Fengyun 3A).

Then realize by posting the information other space geeks know about where you live and what time you enjoy the hot tub, so leave out the constellation to prevent further pin pointing ;)
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/01/2013 07:35 PM
When you have friends round and there's an advert on TV that includes a one second clip of a Space Shuttle launch (Windows 8 advert) and you end up pointing at the TV and making a silly noise to get everyone's attention! :D
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Post by: R7 on 05/02/2013 06:18 PM
... disgruntled ex-NASA Chinese caught with TheHobbit.mkv and DeepThrottle.avi keeps ruining your day.  :P

But hey, great tragicomedy...
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Post by: Lar on 05/17/2013 09:03 PM
Of course I have download Jonathan's essential database, in all its various forms, many times.  It is the primary reference for my web site lists.  I've been reading his Space Report since just about when it began.  I was probably first introduced to it via. Usenet or maybe through a Compuserv BBS.  I used to get it via. dialup email and print it out on my dot matrix printer to read on the train ride to work. 

 - Ed Kyle

"you know you're a space geek when you print out Jonathan's Space Data to read on the train"
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Post by: p51 on 05/18/2013 04:26 AM
When you have friends round and there's an advert on TV that includes a one second clip of a Space Shuttle launch (Windows 8 advert) and you end up pointing at the TV and making a silly noise to get everyone's attention! :D
Bonus points if in such a situation, you can tell which launch it was!
Or better yet, you can watch some movies that show a shuttle launches or landings and in many cases, know which ones they filmed for them.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 05/27/2013 09:30 PM
Your wife drags you antiquing and you come across this (It is at Gallery 56 in Clinton MA)
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Post by: Falcon H on 05/31/2013 03:43 PM
You know you're a space geek when your year revolves around CRS launches. You know you're a space geek when you can't enjoy sci-fi movies any more, there just too inaccurate.  ;D
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Post by: mheney on 05/31/2013 04:01 PM
You write a nastygram to People magazine when their Neil Armstrong tribute prominently features a shot from the moon - with a lunar rover in it.

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Post by: mduncan36 on 05/31/2013 04:11 PM
When you wave to the astronauts in the space station as it flies over and your 13 year old daughter rolls her eyes and looks for a place to hide.
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Post by: Jim on 05/31/2013 04:13 PM
You know you're a space geek when your year revolves around CRS launches.

Not a true space geek if only for selected launches, especially ones that only carry Tang, toilet paper and T-shirts.   ;-)

A true space geek life revolves around all launches.  I might not even qualify, I don't follow foreign launches.
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Post by: kch on 05/31/2013 04:18 PM

A true space geek life revolves around all launches. 

Yeah, that'd be me.  :D
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Post by: kevin-rf on 05/31/2013 04:20 PM
You watch a bright and fast satellite flyby, and think it's cool you just saw Tiangong 1.
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 05/31/2013 10:53 PM
You know you're a space geek when your year revolves around CRS launches.

Not a true space geek if only for selected launches, especially ones that only carry Tang, toilet paper and T-shirts.   ;-)

A true space geek life revolves around all launches.  I might not even qualify, I don't follow foreign launches.

Hmmm.......

Shuttle launch at 2:20 am? Check (STS-132)
Atlas V launches at 2 am? Check (at least twice)
Falcon 9 at 2:45 am? Check (Flight 1, I'll forever remember this one)
Antares maiden flight at 5 am? Check (up for ALL three attempts!)
Manned Soyuz launches at 4 am? Check (both launches this year)
Proton launches at 2-5 am? Check (multiple times)
Ariane 5 launches at 5-6 am? Check (multiple times)
Chinese launch without coverage at 3 am? Check (needs to help with finding live information for the thread here)
Overnight EVAs? Check (both American and Russian ones)

Haven't tried skipping lessons at school to see a launch though......  ;)
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Post by: spectre9 on 06/01/2013 05:55 AM
I think "space" is too broad a term.

There's plenty of stuff on this website that bores me.

I like SpaceX, Mars and following various commercial companies like SNC, VG, CS, BO or Planetary Resources.

I couldn't care less about the latest solar flare update or watching every Soyuz/Proton launch live.

Am I a space geek?
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Post by: GBpatsfan on 06/18/2013 01:10 AM
When you come up with space jokes:
You can't mate in space with a bad attitude  ;) ;)
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Post by: Jason Davies on 06/18/2013 06:06 PM
When you see a Space Shuttle on a TV advert and think "yay!"
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Post by: jcm on 06/18/2013 08:25 PM
When there's a nasaspaceflight.com forum thread *about you*.... (thanks, Antonio, still blushing..)
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Post by: p51 on 06/19/2013 05:39 PM
-When you turn down a frisky signficant other because you want to watch a launch live on TV
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Post by: Space Pete on 06/26/2013 05:21 PM
When you watch a post-apocalyptic type movie (i.e. where all the population of Earth have been infected with a virus that turns them into zombies, and only one man has the natural antidote, etc.), and all you can think about is: But what happened to the people on the ISS? :D
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Post by: kevin-rf on 06/26/2013 05:30 PM
When you watch a post-apocalyptic type movie (i.e. where all the population of Earth have been infected with a virus that turns them into zombies, and only one man has the natural antidote, etc.), and all you can think about is: But what happened to the people on the ISS? :D

They starved!

When you are waiting for a SciFi survival movie where all that is left of humanity is a handful off ISS astronauts who managed to move it out of earth orbit before the earth winked out of existence. 
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Post by: kevin-rf on 06/26/2013 05:31 PM
Oh wait, I just realized that is Red Dwarf ;)
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Post by: p51 on 06/27/2013 12:35 AM
When you watch a post-apocalyptic type movie (i.e. where all the population of Earth have been infected with a virus that turns them into zombies, and only one man has the natural antidote, etc.), and all you can think about is: But what happened to the people on the ISS? :D
If you mean, "World War Z," then you should read the book as they go into that. In the book, the astronauts somehow managed to survive (I don't recall how they ate or drank without supply shots) but the ones who made it back after humanity beat back the zombies and got the wheels turning again weren't in the best shape. I recall a passage about them having to make a radiation shield for events that occured while the zombies overran the globe. The book is a series of interviews with people a decade after humanity sprung back and one is with a dying astronaut from the ISS...
As for the movie, it's so far from the book, I won't waste my time. I hate zombie fiction in general but I loved the book as it was so plausible in regard to the government reaction to a pandemic...
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Post by: apollolanding on 07/12/2013 09:58 PM
When you're reading a Rockwell document on STS development and in trying to explain the significance of the achievement and how far technology has come you calculate and tell her that her iPhone stores roughly 1000 Space Shuttles (memory of 5 original GPCs + their 2 tape drives, the CRT computers and Main Engine Computers) worth of data... At least I got a mostly sincere, "WOW" as a response!  Usually I get a, "that's nice honey", when exclaiming space stuff ;)
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Post by: Bubbinski on 08/01/2013 02:04 PM
When your coworkers know how much you are into space.

Example: a coworker brought a cart with donuts into my aisle.  She said "you need energy to go into space" as she tried to get me to go for one.  I replied "But I need to fit into the spaceship, too". 
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 08/03/2013 02:33 PM
When you have named your cat Apollo.

And I took down my family picture from Legoland to hang up my beta cloth Apollo 12 patch.

Drag your employees outside to see an ISS flyover or hear the "boom-boom" of a shuttle returning home. (I miss that sound)
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Post by: Voyager3 on 08/04/2013 05:55 PM
You join the British Interplanetary Society, and have been a member for five years, and of course watch NASA TV for rocket launches and also watch out for Ariane launches on Arianespace website.
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Post by: Khadgars on 08/04/2013 06:21 PM
You say "Engage" as you accelerate from a red light  ;)
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Post by: p51 on 08/05/2013 06:23 AM
You say "Engage" as you accelerate from a red light  ;)
Or make a call for MECO when you get where you're going and turn off the ignition.
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Post by: ClaytonBirchenough on 08/06/2013 02:51 PM
When you start posting on NSF at 16.

When you become an L2 member at 16.

When you skip your only mod of lunch at school to go to the media center and use a proxy server to access NSF.

When you buy over $200 dollars worth of equipment to manufacture and fly KNO3 rockets.

When every time you look at the Moon, you can't believe people walked on it and then you can't believe no one wants to go back!

When you have a conniption whenever someone thinks NASA no longer exists because the STS is retired.

When you only subscribe to Aviation Week for the "Space" section.

When you life's goal is to walk on Mars.
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Post by: HarryM on 08/06/2013 03:41 PM
You say "Engage" as you accelerate from a red light  ;)
I do that all the time! (but usually just when getting on the freeway). My wife usually does the driving so I am in more of a Picard role, so it just fits.
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 08/06/2013 11:54 PM
When spending an afternoon watching Shuttle Mission Highlights on my laptop is an outstanding way to spend your day off!

(I watched STS-132 and STS-135, BTW)
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Post by: Khadgars on 08/07/2013 12:59 AM
You say "Engage" as you accelerate from a red light  ;)
I do that all the time! (but usually just when getting on the freeway). My wife usually does the driving so I am in more of a Picard role, so it just fits.

Lol, classic! Do you throw in the hand gesture to boot? :)
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Post by: Bubbinski on 08/07/2013 04:49 AM
When you go downtown to the Clark Planetarium to see the fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/07/2013 01:01 PM
When you read the latest XKCD ( http://xkcd.com/1248/ ) and go, it's not a sphere, but an oblate spheroid.

Either that or today's comic is about aliens on a planet that does not rotate on an axis.
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Post by: brahmanknight on 08/16/2013 07:37 PM
When you plan your day's business around KU coverage during a spacewalk. 
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Post by: p51 on 08/19/2013 12:36 AM
You have fended off a frisky significant other because you know the ISS is supposed to pass overhead in a few minutes and it's clear outside to see it.
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Post by: Prober on 08/19/2013 01:25 PM
Someone hands you a utube link and you find this gem to watch.  ;D
 
Exploring derelict space ship in rare Soviet-style SF film
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyraLxGHgzo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyraLxGHgzo)
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 08/19/2013 07:20 PM
...you are bouncing up and down for the bright prospect of 5 highly anticipated launches from US soil within a single month: F9-006 (0.75 new rocket  ;)) + Cygnus demo (new cargo ship at ISS) + LADEE (half a new rocket) + DIV-H (always exquisite) + Atlas V (always nice to see one). This plus one not-well-known maiden launch of a completely new rocket (from Japan of all places) and 3 rockets waiting for redemption (Proton, Zenit, GSLV).

All to take place August 27 - September 25.

Can't wait to see them all!   ;D

Edit: I've forgotten to add the Ariane 5 - another nice rocket to see  :)
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Post by: StealerofSuns on 08/21/2013 02:58 PM
If you stare at the horizon and wonder what it would look like with a plume of rocket thrust trailing into the sky.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/21/2013 08:22 PM
You go to an minor league ball game, and make sure you don't miss the ISS fly over of the center field.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/28/2013 11:11 PM
You see a headline that says "America's most powerful rocket lifts off" and think, it flew RS-68's and not RS-68A's, so the headline is wrong.
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Post by: spectre9 on 08/29/2013 12:32 PM
When you wake up in the morning and your first thought is "dammit I just slept through another launch"  :)
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Post by: Ash41D on 09/01/2013 07:36 PM
The 41-D mission patch is the lock screen photo on your phone.

The only person that will go with you to JSC is your 12 year old cousin.. And even then you had to beg her.

You are referred to as 'Nerd' amongst your friends.

You wrote your college English Composition paper about Judith Resnik.. And enjoyed every minute of it.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 09/07/2013 12:59 AM
Coming back from diner are looking at where 10 degrees south would be from the deck.
Suddenly yell satellite (Coronas F Rocket Body)
Fix it to some stars
Immediately look down at you cell for the time 20:39
Go inside, grab the your suunto tandem for the clino
Figure out the 10 degree above the horizon from the deck and hot tub
Decide deck gives a better view for tonight
Then go in to track down what satellite you just saw...

All while your wife just heads inside shaking her head.
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Post by: Targeteer on 09/07/2013 02:16 AM
You see a headline that says "America's most powerful rocket lifts off" and think, it flew RS-68's and not RS-68A's, so the headline is wrong.

that makes you an uber geek  ;D
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Post by: p51 on 09/07/2013 06:10 AM
Some approaches you to portray an astronaut in a short subject film that some film students want to boost their portfolio and you jump at the chance to have more copies of good NASA stuff, so much so you create a replica NASA ID card that is so good, you're scared to post it online...
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Post by: Garrett on 09/07/2013 06:44 AM
When you wake up in the morning and your first thought is "dammit I just slept through another launch"  :)
Ha, exactly my thought this morning after the LADEE launch, which was at 5:30 am local time for me  ;D
Made up for it by turning on the PC straight away once I woke up (around 8am) and catching the end of the post-launch press conference while all you guys were tucked away in bed  :P
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Post by: spectre9 on 09/07/2013 08:25 AM
It's always a bad time zone for somebody.

I think Chris was up a little later than usual. I think he's a bit of a night owl anyway  :D

The upcoming SpaceX launch is in the middle of the night. I think I will have to drag myself out of bed.
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Post by: OV135 on 09/08/2013 12:57 AM
You know when.

You are asked to describe some shuttle details to them. You go off into this techno babble that you  lose them completely.
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Post by: R7 on 09/08/2013 01:06 PM
Downtime for the forum during this period is expected to be for 90/120 minutes Start time is ETA 21:30 GMT. 17:30 Eastern.

... when you let out a sigh of relief that NSF (your homepage, naturally) downtime is (probably) past your bedtime.
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Post by: NSF Webmaster on 09/08/2013 01:26 PM
But you already know that you are going to sleep shift a little to see what it will look like ;-) 
Downtime for the forum during this period is expected to be for 90/120 minutes Start time is ETA 21:30 GMT. 17:30 Eastern.

... when you let out a sigh of relief that NSF (your homepage, naturally) downtime is (probably) past your bedtime.
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Post by: Nick L. on 09/10/2013 05:02 AM
You shake your head when you see your co-workers on the "other" space news site instead of NSF...  :D
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Post by: Sarah on 09/13/2013 02:50 AM
The picture says it all.  ;D
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Post by: Bubbinski on 09/13/2013 03:41 AM
When your twitter feed explodes with Voyager 1 related stuff.  And when you have a great day all because of the news from Voyager.
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 09/13/2013 03:57 AM
...when you wish you all can stop glancing and putting pressure on the too long white pencil known as Falcon 9 and care more about the stubby Antares, the beer-keg-swan ready to fly and (especially) the new Japanese rocket re-trying tomorrow - there are rocket parties everywhere right now!  8)
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Post by: blane on 09/13/2013 09:33 PM
...when every time you think of Neil Armstrong you wink.
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Post by: jabe on 09/13/2013 10:53 PM
..when your kids make a craft for you for your birthday and local paper comes to takes a picture of it (wife's idea) with you IN it.. and  it gets put of front page... (http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/4078713-berrigan-children-give-dad-a-birthday-blast/)
jb
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Post by: Falcon H on 09/16/2013 04:57 PM
...when you are outraged that that the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has no X-Prize exhibit.  ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 09/16/2013 11:47 PM
...when you are outraged that that the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has no X-Prize exhibit.  ;D

It didn't come out of the Northern Alabama Space Agency so....
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 09/29/2013 11:03 AM
... when you use your phone to watch NASA TV for the Cygnus berthing while you are waiting to ride the Space Mountain at Disneyland Hong Kong. ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Elvis in Space on 09/30/2013 02:19 PM
When you use your phone to watch the Cygnus berthing while following L2 and switching back and forth to Livestream on the Spacex launch while dealing with your elderly parent's latest crisis and getting ready for a football game that you are happy is starting at 3:00 pm so you can take care of all this without missing anything. (Crazy day. It all ended well. )
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: d3jf on 10/01/2013 06:08 PM
* You appreciate the late loading capabilities of your backpack before going camping.

* Before rolling a cigarette, you say to yourself "Houston, roll program."

And the coolest one:
* Your company moved to a new office space and the majority of employees voted for naming meeting rooms after spaceships!  8) We have Voyager, Gemini, Mercury, and Atlantis.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: DavidH on 12/20/2013 04:29 PM
Walking around Tokyo and the only thing I can see is Ares I.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: savuporo on 12/20/2013 06:14 PM
When you get a full series of "Max goes to .." books to your friends kids as a christmas present

http://www.bigkidscience.com/max_science.html
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Falcon H on 12/20/2013 06:56 PM
...When most family vacations include a space museum. ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 12/21/2013 02:52 PM
...When most family vacations include a space museum. ;)
You mean to imply that is not normal?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 12/21/2013 03:17 PM
When seeing this thread revived makes your morning.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: PahTo on 12/21/2013 03:32 PM

...you explain to guests that the (hand-painted) model of OV-105 on an MLP is not an Xmas decoration, but part of the everyday living room décor, while the model of OV-104 grappling HST is deployed as a seasonal decoration.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: dafixer on 12/21/2013 03:35 PM
You make everyone get up from the Thanksgiving Day table to watch the SpaceX launch attempt
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ronpur50 on 12/21/2013 04:22 PM
You make everyone get up from the Thanksgiving Day table to watch the SpaceX launch attempt

That reminds me.....Standing in line for Target's Black Friday on Thursday in Orlando.  And the only thing I am hoping to see is the launch before we have to go in for shopping!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: JohnFornaro on 12/25/2013 01:32 PM
Well, you know you're a space geek when you log onto NSF on Christmas morning before opening presents...

Thank you for asking!

Manned exploration is not going to happen.

RigelFive, dismissing the work of those people on this site that actually are rocket scientists who have worked decades in the field of HSF like that is trollish.

Well, I'd say he's dismissing the so-called work of the politicians.

But hey.  Have a merry Christmas!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 12/25/2013 02:43 PM
When you watch NASA TV and the helmetcam views from ISS live (yesterday, the Christmas Eve spacewalk) while having breakfast at a local restaurant.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 01/29/2014 08:29 AM
The BBC use a NASA rocket launch video as a kind of exaggerated illustration of economic recovery and you find yourself frantically trying to identify the model and mission. (It was an Atlas-V-401, BTW; no luck on mission ID just yet but my gut says LRO/LCROSS.)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Snake-KoRn on 02/03/2014 12:09 PM
* You have a picture of the space shuttle on your desk at work.
Guilty.

* on your note book for school you have the space shuttle program patch
Guilty.

* your wife calls your a dork on a weekly basis for the constant need to check Nsf  :)
Not Guilty.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 02/03/2014 12:21 PM
What, you've never had NSF brought up in couples therapy?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: AndyX on 02/04/2014 03:22 AM
When you get a nervous shaking feeling after spending half a day away from L2 and wondering what you're missing until you log in again. ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Far Reach on 02/04/2014 08:45 PM
When you get a nervous shaking feeling after spending half a day away from L2 and wondering what you're missing until you log in again. ;D

So true! ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: R7 on 02/04/2014 09:05 PM
What, you've never had NSF brought up in couples therapy?

Wasn't given the chance so good riddance and since then haven't bothered to look for NSF-compatible person .. which gives even more time to spend here, yay!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 02/05/2014 12:27 AM
Nah, it's more fun to try to keep a straight face, not burst out laughing, and look concerned when it is brought up.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 02/05/2014 12:38 AM
When you have a newly finished 1/72 Saturn V sitting next to a 1/72 Shuttle stack. And you have more Saturn and shuttle kits of various scales in your shed waiting to be built.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Rifleman on 02/05/2014 01:14 PM
A recent example of how I am a space geek : Last night, I tried to explain basic orbital mechanics to my 23 month old daughter. The best part is, I think she sort of understood it :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mheney on 02/05/2014 03:29 PM
Start 'em young!  The more they hear it, the better they'll understand it when they need it.  (I have a 13yo daughter who is - to her surprise - a bit of a science geek.  Doesn't surprise me - she's been listening to it since she was born!)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Joffan on 02/06/2014 04:09 PM
* You have a picture of the space shuttle on your desk at work.

* on your note book for school you have the space shuttle program patch

* your wife calls your a dork on a weekly basis for the constant need to check Nsf  :)

Yes, no, no -  but the first of these probably covers the other two - I have a shuttle launch, a shuttle landing, an Apollo 15 moonwalk picture and one of the Apollo/Saturn V Center looking at the business end of the Saturn V.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Paul Howard on 02/08/2014 02:00 AM
I've got a Shuttle picture on my desk! ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 02/08/2014 05:00 PM
You see a license plate frame that says "Mentor" and your first thought is to wonder if the owner is with the NRO.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: rcoppola on 02/08/2014 05:08 PM
...you contribute daily to a site that has a thread 55 pages long with the title, "You Know You're A Space Geek When...)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 02/08/2014 05:51 PM
NSF does not mean Nation Science Foundation
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 03/05/2014 10:03 PM
Almost everyone you know at one point or another comes to ask your opinion of the movie, "Gravity" as you're the only person they know who they feel could have an opinion worth listening to...
(just happened to me 5 minutes ago)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mheney on 03/05/2014 10:07 PM
Almost everyone you know fails to ask you about the movie Gravity, becase they know that
a) you'll have very detailed, technical, and firmly held opinions that you'd be only to happy to share, and
b) they don't have that kind of time.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Nick L. on 03/06/2014 03:52 AM
...you put yourself through the endless tears of getting an engineering degree, and go to work for a company that half of the people you know have never heard of, and that most of the people who have are wishing will go bust, just so you can watch something you worked on go into space.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Elvis in Space on 03/06/2014 07:27 PM
...when a day with your daughter is spent at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center. And she wants to know when we can go back.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: StealerofSuns on 03/07/2014 01:40 AM
When you see the picture of the rocket mock up in Elvis's post and are flooded with memories of Space Camp last summer  :D

Or when you keep your iphone hidden in the middle of class to watch a Delta launch... Got a small crowd interested too, a miracle the teacher didn't notice.

Or when you can't wait until the end of your senior year (only 2 more months!) so you can start on the road to becoming an aerospace engineer! 8)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: seawolfe on 03/12/2014 05:06 PM
When you get tickets to take the inside tour of the Space Shuttle trainer at the Seattle Museum of Flight and you know more that the tour guides!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: WTF on 03/12/2014 10:04 PM
... you throw a launch party for SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon CRS-3 SpX-3, doors opening at 2:30 am CDT (March 16).

Video feeds starting ~2:41 CDT.

This being the Music City (ie, Nashville) the scheduled launch works great for the indigenous, in that after the bars and night spots close down, they can just head on over  8)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Elvis in Space on 03/13/2014 03:32 AM
... you throw a launch party for SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon CRS-3 SpX-3, doors opening at 2:30 am CDT (March 16).

Video feeds starting ~2:41 CDT.

This being the Music City (ie, Nashville) the scheduled launch works great for the indigenous, in that after the bars and night spots close down, they can just head on over  8)

Many of us indigenous Music City natives will be fighting to stay awake during Church that morning. Yet another test of space geekdom. :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 03/13/2014 04:05 PM
When you see the picture of the rocket mock up in Elvis's post and are flooded with memories of Space Camp last summer  :D
Worse still, if you can say the same thing and you're a middle-aged adult. I did the adult program last Fall and am going back this Fall, but my third time. I never got there as a kid, as my parents never could have afforded it. But it's never too late for Space Camp! http://www.freewebs.com/willysmb44/spacecamp.htm (http://www.freewebs.com/willysmb44/spacecamp.htm)
When you get tickets to take the inside tour of the Space Shuttle trainer at the Seattle Museum of Flight and you know more that the tour guides!
That's not too tough. I've done that twice, and the last time, the cockpit guide was a teen who didn't even know the Columbia had ejection seats on the first flights.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: luinil on 03/14/2014 01:14 AM
Just had a dream about the CRS-3 launch, might be passing to much time on this forum ^^'
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Antares on 03/14/2014 03:03 AM
...you get annoyed at so many pros calling a delay a scrub.  Scrubs don't happen until the op starts.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 03/14/2014 11:47 AM
Yeah, I had to scrub my commute to work this morning ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 03/18/2014 11:31 PM
You are wondering why NASA hasn't tasked Voyager II with looking for missing Malaysia flight MH370 ;)

Okay, just had to be silly and didn't want to pollute the real thread...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Prober on 03/19/2014 05:45 PM
Click on a story when you see the headline today:
NEWSMOVIE: The International Space Station almost collided with flying space junk

http://news.yahoo.com/video/narrow-miss-140912942.html
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Waddy John on 03/19/2014 10:18 PM
You know your a Geek when....

The very first thing you do is put the ISS up on your PC monitor in the morning before your first coffee. And the monitor stays on all day even with a blue screen.   wc

PS_I'm helpless.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: RanulfC on 03/20/2014 01:35 PM
You know YOU and a lot of other people are Space Geeks when...

Someone takes the time and effort to really look closely at illustrations from an old 12-man space station, finds that one artist with a sense of humor drew in a Vulcan as a crew-member, points it out to a Space Geek with a blog, who posts it, you see it, and have to share it will your "Space Geek" friends :)

http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=23849

It's True! :)

Randy
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 04/03/2014 12:27 AM
You know your a space geek when your daughter posts this picture on her Facebook page (April 1st too ;(), after two days of visiting with you!! Have I been punked (or whatever the kids call it nowadays) for talking too much about space???
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 06/07/2014 10:13 PM
...when you are attempting to track down various spaceflight related events (launches, EVA etc.) that will or may clash with matches of the FIFA World Cup for the sake of Chris et al. ;)

(not that many as it turns out, but still there are several that will)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Archibald on 06/26/2014 04:59 AM
When, everytime you heard of that popular (and boring) French singer...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal_%28singer%29

... your mind automatically translate her name as "Trans Atlantic Abort"  ;D

Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 06/26/2014 12:49 PM
You see the DivX X logo on your task bar and wonder why a SpaceX logo is on your task bar.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 06/27/2014 07:49 PM
...you walk in on someone watching a documentary about the space program and you recognize all the astronauts immediately. And the other person looks at you and asks, "How could you possibly know all these people from just 2 seconds of video?"
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 07/12/2014 03:00 PM
....when you just watched the Dreamworks animation film How To Train Your Dragon (second film of the series just reached the cinemas here) and the first impression was "What? No Dragon v2 featured?  :'("

 ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Nomadd on 07/12/2014 05:53 PM
 You spent three hours removing and/or reinstalling your 1:144 scale ISS modules every time there was a configuration change, and wished you had a 1:72 model.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: smith5se on 07/13/2014 03:51 PM
You know you're a space geek when your wedding takes place at an air and space museum; Space shuttle Atlantis is your back drop and your reception was set up around an SR-71....  ;D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: psloss on 07/13/2014 04:24 PM
You know you're a space geek when your wedding takes place at an air and space museum; Space shuttle Atlantis is your back drop and your reception was set up around an SR-71....  ;D
I think that qualifies -- congratulations, Sarah.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: smith5se on 07/13/2014 04:33 PM
You know you're a space geek when your wedding takes place at an air and space museum; Space shuttle Atlantis is your back drop and your reception was set up around an SR-71....  ;D
I think that qualifies -- congratulations, Sarah.

Thanks!! Now I can get back to normal life of keeping up with space happenings since planning and moving are over!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 07/13/2014 04:49 PM
....when you hail to the "real" Antares and Cygnus on the pre-launch/WC Final run 2 hours ago for a successful flight and mission for Cygnus (and Germany winning the WC, but that's for another forum  ;)).
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Hog on 07/13/2014 05:21 PM
......you are laying in your front yard watching the ISS pass directly overhead and a car stops and the driver asks if you are OK.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 07/14/2014 12:28 PM
When upgrading the insulation in the hottub you take closeout photos before encapsulating everything.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 07/17/2014 01:39 AM
You check NSF before bed and are relieved there are no new SpaceX posts!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ronpur50 on 07/17/2014 02:13 AM
When you spend 4 and a half hours scanning 45 year old newspaper clippings in a scrap book your mom made for you when you were 5 years old so you can share them over the next few days for the Apollo 11 45th Anniversary!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Lar on 07/17/2014 02:38 AM
You know you're a space geek when your wedding takes place at an air and space museum; Space shuttle Atlantis is your back drop and your reception was set up around an SR-71....  ;D

I'm not seeing that one as toppable, Sarah...  although I know I'm a geek, I've been posting Apollo 11 stuff all day instead of what I'm supposed to be doing...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 07/17/2014 04:22 PM
When you get one of the NASA Apollo 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 t-shirts and you're trying to find something to do in public on Sunday so someone can see you wearing it on the anniversary itself.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mheney on 07/17/2014 04:35 PM
What's sad is that I've got a NASA Apollo 11 25th anniversary shirt (two of them, actually) - and we seem to be no closer to a return 20 years later than we were then.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 07/17/2014 08:17 PM
What's sad is that I've got a NASA Apollo 11 25th anniversary shirt (two of them, actually) - and we seem to be no closer to a return 20 years later than we were then.
Yep, I think we're more likely to see a Chinese astronaut return to the Moon before any American one at this point...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: R7 on 10/14/2014 12:32 PM
Actually, I think it would be entirely possible to make a witch’s broomstick for use in low g: The power could be supplied wirelessly, the stick could be perforated with holes and act as an air intake, a turbine could propel air out the bottom, and there coulde also be a spring in the bottom for a bit of pogo stick action when you hit a wall.

...first thought is "but what about roll control?".
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 10/14/2014 05:22 PM
Actually, I think it would be entirely possible to make a witch’s broomstick for use in low g: The power could be supplied wirelessly, the stick could be perforated with holes and act as an air intake, a turbine could propel air out the bottom, and there coulde also be a spring in the bottom for a bit of pogo stick action when you hit a wall.

...first thought is "but what about roll control?".
That's what the little bag attached with Velcro is for ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Steven Richardson on 10/15/2014 07:54 PM
When you have the spacewalk live thread on your phone during important meetings! :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: The Amazing Catstronaut on 10/15/2014 08:50 PM
- When you have indoctrinated the entirety of your acapella group with the remainder of this year's falcon nine launch schedules.

- When you squee with delight at the realisation that the odds, your present age and your future prospects, may one day permit you to die on mars.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 10/15/2014 10:52 PM
When you're torn between staying at the hotel and watching an ISS space walk live on NASA tv, or drive from the hotel down to KSC to the visitor center (which is why you're in the hotel at all)...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Zero-G on 10/16/2014 06:44 PM
When you're torn between staying at the hotel and watching an ISS space walk live on NASA tv, or drive from the hotel down to KSC to the visitor center (which is why you're in the hotel at all)...

Hard choice!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 10/16/2014 09:07 PM
You know you're a space geek when you refer to going to the adult space camp as, "Going home". Just got back a couple of days ago from my third time there...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/willysmb44/SpaceCamp2014/20141011_184102800x450_zpsa5153d39.jpg)
When you're torn between staying at the hotel and watching an ISS space walk live on NASA tv, or drive from the hotel down to KSC to the visitor center (which is why you're in the hotel at all)...
Hard choice!
Yep. Went on to KSC after all.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevinof on 10/16/2014 09:12 PM
When level L1 or L2 on the elevator panel makes you think of Lagrange points...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: d3jf on 11/02/2014 02:23 PM
You walk you dog on a retractable tether.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 11/02/2014 11:22 PM
Someone schedules a meeting during the GPS IIF-8 Launch, so you grab a chair in the back, mute your cellphone and leave it on your lap.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kirghizstan on 01/05/2015 02:35 PM
When you are frantically trying to find out what cruise ship a distant relative through marriage, whom I have never met, works on so he can possibly get some zoomed in photos of the SpaceX landing barge and deeply disappointed when you find out he isn't on the right Carnival ship.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Hog on 01/05/2015 03:34 PM
.....your family who is en rout to the thrift shop/donation center but stops off at your house to see if you want all their KSC/Shuttle memorabilia before they donate it.  Thanks Uncle, Aunt and cousin McLeod, Atlantis is now proudly displayed next to my Scottish and Royal Canadian Regiment flags.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: SF Doug on 01/05/2015 04:41 PM
You just realized that you bought a Satellite, a Voyager and in 2001, an Odyssey.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 01/06/2015 05:15 PM
You've read so many first-person books by astronauts, you're now not sure which ones there are left to read.
Seriously, I got a copy of Linenger's book and I'm in the middle of it right now, but only 80% sure I haven't read it before...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: cakerose on 01/07/2015 04:56 AM
As for why I'm excited about space, there are a few reasons. First, I like to see progress in general in anything but especially space. Second, I like exploring, and I think it's awesome if we can make exploring space inexpensive, fun, and convenient. Lastly, I'm curious as to what is out there and what we have yet to find. :)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: the_other_Doug on 01/08/2015 03:21 AM
...when the walk/don't walk light starts counting down and at 9 I mumble "ignition sequence start"...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: hpras on 01/10/2015 04:44 AM
you watch the entire RS-25 firing on the A1 test stand on youtube.  Every... single... second....
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ronpur50 on 01/10/2015 09:21 AM
When you get up at 4 AM on your day off to watch a Falcon 9 launch!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mheney on 01/10/2015 09:23 AM
Got that right!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 01/10/2015 05:36 PM
When you are awake at 2:45 am on Saturday morning to watch a launch!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: AS-503 on 01/10/2015 05:42 PM
you watch the entire RS-25 firing on the A1 test stand on youtube.  Every... single... second....

Google "Bob Biggs SSME"

attached is a precursor.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 01/31/2015 01:01 AM
You see a tweet about an article on SES and SpaceX from a news sites and wonder why the Falcon picture in the tweet is not a v1.1...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Bubbinski on 02/01/2015 03:47 AM
When you buy the Europa Report on iTunes and hook the iPad up to the big screen to watch it.

I thought it was very good myself, enjoyed the scenes of Jupiter, Europa, the spacecraft.  Also liked the story and thought the movie was pretty realistic in its portrayal of spaceflight.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kfsorensen on 02/01/2015 03:50 AM
When you push the bumper of your car into a snow bank and say "Houston, we have hard dock."
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Norm38 on 02/01/2015 10:51 PM
...When you're more excited about the possibility of a rocket landing next Sunday that about the Superbowl today.
Though there won't be quite as nice a spread next week.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 02/01/2015 11:57 PM
I don't know, I was more excited about the three launches plus one ICBM launch this weekend...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: DanielW on 02/02/2015 05:26 PM
When your 22 Month old son refuses to eat breakfast until viewing at least one rocket launch on youtube. Can't even get him to watch cartoons any more.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: AS_501 on 02/02/2015 05:41 PM
...when you stand in the grocery checkout line and daydream that the rack with tabloids magazines actually carries Aviation Week and Space News.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ronpur50 on 02/02/2015 06:07 PM
When your favorite highlights you watch on Super Bowl weekend are from several rocket launches during the weekend.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 02/07/2015 05:05 AM
When you decided to name all your cities in your new SimCity region after astronomical and spaceflight themes:

(P.S. I've been playing SimCity since the age of 6, well before my space geek characteristics appeared  ;))
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mheney on 02/08/2015 10:13 PM
When you fire up two computers to watch a launch - the laptop for the steaming video, and the desktop to follow along on NSF!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Ronpur50 on 02/09/2015 12:56 AM
You are too distracted by the coverage of this same launch attempt, and burn part of your BBQ ribs on the grill!

Of course, they really would have been burned if it launched, since we would have been watching from the backyard!
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Post by: koyotez on 02/09/2015 01:16 AM
You have a profound feeling of regret when, instead of using empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make model/toy rockets, your first grade daughter wants to take them to school for some 'other' craft project.

You then have a feeling of great joy when you learn the school project is to make...rockets!
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Post by: DatUser14 on 02/12/2015 11:30 AM
You know your a space geek when; your drinking milk and realize that you gulp a lot, then sip the rest. Just like LOX fast fill slow fill!
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 02/17/2015 09:21 AM
When the local paper publishes this and you immediately think/hope it's a stage getting hauled! ;D (I know it's not, but seeing it out of the corner of my eye did make me think it for a split second!)

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11798197.Delays_expected_on_A1079_today/

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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 02/17/2015 09:32 AM
You're right; the Daily Mail has a picture of a B-747 fuselage being transported by road somewhere in the UK and the first thing that came through my mind when I saw the tarpaulin-covered load was 'Delta maybe?'
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 02/17/2015 02:30 PM
You're right; the Daily Mail has a picture of a B-747 fuselage being transported by road somewhere in the UK and the first thing that came through my mind when I saw the tarpaulin-covered load was 'Delta maybe?'

I tell you right now that if I'm driving down a motorway and for some strange reason there's a core getting hauled, I'm throwing my plans for the day out of the window and stalking it! ;D
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Post by: The Amazing Catstronaut on 02/17/2015 04:11 PM
You're right; the Daily Mail has a picture of a B-747 fuselage being transported by road somewhere in the UK and the first thing that came through my mind when I saw the tarpaulin-covered load was 'Delta maybe?'

I tell you right now that if I'm driving down a motorway and for some strange reason there's a core getting hauled, I'm throwing my plans for the day out of the window and stalking it! ;D

Turns out it's a trident ICBM, the driver realises you're tailing it and a bunch of people in black outfits aggressively stop your car.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 02/17/2015 07:25 PM
Just no smoking stalking one of those :o
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Post by: cro-magnon gramps on 02/17/2015 07:59 PM
Appropriate timing to see a post to this thread  :D

I'm not Okan or Dimitry so don't ask me any questions about size or fuel storage  :( wish I were, I'd put one of these hovering over the Moon, or approaching a space station...
 
This takes me back to grade school, drawing jets on the back of note books... teachers were not impressed with the art work  :o

Cheers

Gramps
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Post by: Dyna-Soar on 02/20/2015 03:34 AM
You're right; the Daily Mail has a picture of a B-747 fuselage being transported by road somewhere in the UK and the first thing that came through my mind when I saw the tarpaulin-covered load was 'Delta maybe?'

I tell you right now that if I'm driving down a motorway and for some strange reason there's a core getting hauled, I'm throwing my plans for the day out of the window and stalking it! ;D

Turns out it's a trident ICBM, the driver realises you're tailing it and a bunch of people in black outfits aggressively stop your car.

Reminds me of the time I was driving down Interstate 565 between Huntsville and I-65. It's early on a Sunday morning, and it just me on the roads. Suddenly, I meet about 10 police cars going slowly in the opposite direction with flashers on. I look ahead of me, and there's a truck hauling something rather large and cylindrical that's trying to go under an overpass.

Getting closer, the object starts to look more and more familiar. Then it finally dawns on me, it's an Atlas V core! It was being transported from the ULA plant in Decatur to the Huntsville airport.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/03/2015 01:08 AM
You feel a pain in your heart when Chris locks the party thread :(
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Post by: LaunchedIn68 on 03/09/2015 11:24 PM
You know you're a space geek when....

....after a snow storm you purposefully leave a layer of ice and loose snow on the top of your car.  This way when you get on the open road and accelerate you can pretend you are launching on top of a Falcon 9 or Saturn V as all the ice chunks break and fly off in the slipstream, and the blowing snow looks like LOX boil off on launch!  ;D

Disclaimer: Not completely cleaning off your car of all snow and ice prior to driving it, is a punishable offence now in many municipalities.

(Apparently though, the car tailgating you who has it's windshield cracked by your flying ice chunks is still not considered a side-mount vehicle for some reason.)  :o
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/10/2015 11:15 AM
So, that's your car.... figures it would belong to a space geek ;)
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 03/10/2015 11:35 AM
So, that's your car.... figures it would belong to a space geek ;)

Mwahahaha! I got me a chuck on LH2 tank insulation!
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Post by: DatUser14 on 03/10/2015 11:58 AM
You know your a space geek when... You see the words TPS on a hockey glove (apparently it's a brand) and think of a Thermal Protection System.
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 03/10/2015 12:42 PM
While eating breakfast, you put in Spacecraft Films' "The Mighty Saturns 1" and watch all the Saturn 1b launches......then start building your 5th Airfix Saturn 1B model.
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Post by: R7 on 03/10/2015 01:26 PM
When you see mares, craters and signs of Late Heavy Bombardment in your pancakes.

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Post by: kch on 03/10/2015 01:34 PM
So, that's your car.... figures it would belong to a space geek ;)

Ah, yes -- the "standard winter anti-tailgating device"!  Here's the warm-weather version ... ;D

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Post by: cdleonard on 03/10/2015 08:56 PM
You know your a space geek when... you get excited about congressional hearings: http://spacenews.com/musk-bruno-to-spar-in-capitol-hill-arena/

I actually listened to the last SpaceX versus ULA hearing live from my job. WTF?
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 03/13/2015 05:21 AM
You know you have to get up at 4:30, for an important day where you have a project meeting on a project that might get canceled due to camera issues,  but are still up and pumped after getting up to watch the MMS Centaur blowdown after yammering about it enough on the launch thread over the last few weeks that you are sure Chris is ready to delete your account. What a great way to watch the end of a great launch. The pad was only 1800km away ;)
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Post by: DatUser14 on 03/25/2015 09:07 PM
You know you are a space geek when you have the NTRS bookmarked on the front page of your iPad.
 
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 03/28/2015 02:03 AM
....when you do this right now:  :P
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: DatUser14 on 04/08/2015 01:55 PM
You know you are a space geek when... You know what this equation is and how to use it. First image is calculator results, did I set it up correctly?
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Post by: JasonAW3 on 04/08/2015 04:08 PM
So, that's your car.... figures it would belong to a space geek ;)

Ah, yes -- the "standard winter anti-tailgating device"!  Here's the warm-weather version ... ;D

"Oh crap!" is the only thing that comes to mind about that Picture...
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Post by: JasonAW3 on 04/08/2015 04:13 PM
You set you're DVR a week ahead of time to get every launch that Nasa Setect will be broadcasting.
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Post by: AS_501 on 04/08/2015 04:22 PM
You always remember your wedding anniversary because it happened near to or on the same day as major space program event (in my case STS-1 launch).
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/08/2015 07:36 PM
Yeah, all I got for that is first french pacific nuclear test... Though that is somehow fitting.
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Post by: p51 on 04/08/2015 07:52 PM
...when your local cable company runs NASA TV from midnight to 6 AM, and you've spent more than a few sleepless nights while watching (as you don't work nights).
You always remember your wedding anniversary because it happened near to or on the same day as major space program event (in my case STS-1 launch).
Mine is on the date of STS-96's launch (ironically, STS-97 was launched on my birthday). It never occured to me to look these up before now. Thankfully I didn't even need the internet, as I have a calendar I bought at KSC in October and it has all the launch dates on it.
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Post by: The Amazing Catstronaut on 04/08/2015 08:59 PM
When reading Nasaspaceflight is the first thing you do when you wake, and the last thing you do before you sleep.  :D
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Post by: JasonAW3 on 04/08/2015 09:30 PM
When reading Nasaspaceflight is the first thing you do when you wake, and the last thing you do before you sleep.  :D
Oh good lord...  I actually do that most of the time...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 04/08/2015 10:43 PM
Does checking all the new tweets on those you follow count (99.9% space related)?
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Post by: DatUser14 on 04/20/2015 03:01 PM
you know your a space geek when the size,shape and coloring of your dog reminds you of a DIV CBC.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Kansan52 on 04/20/2015 03:28 PM
When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti poses in the ISS cupola in a Star Trek uniform pointing to the Dragon, quotes Janeway, and you think "Yesssss!!" instead of "WTF!".
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Post by: Yarrah on 04/20/2015 03:51 PM
When your parents decide to name you after the first person to orbit the planet.

Yeah, I was born to be a space geek...
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/20/2015 04:11 PM
When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti poses in the ISS cupola in a Star Trek uniform pointing to the Dragon, quotes Janeway, and you think "Yesssss!!" instead of "WTF!".

Nah, but it concerns you that it may expose a NASA bias for Star Trek themed rockets (Vulcan, Enterprise) over Star Wars themed rockets (Falcon) ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Buzz Lightyear on 04/21/2015 02:24 AM
You date historical events using your own calenderical system, eschewing the Gregorian and Julian calenders in favour of the Apollo Calender: BM (before moon landings) and AM (after moon landings).
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 04/21/2015 12:57 PM
Does that mean we will have to wait another 2000 years for a moon landing?
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 04/21/2015 04:37 PM
Does that mean we will have to wait another 2000 years for a moon landing?

Question for whoever -- how do you make hex signs against a statement in the forum?

;)
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Post by: kch on 04/21/2015 04:55 PM
Does that mean we will have to wait another 2000 years for a moon landing?

No, it'll just seem like it ... ;)
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 04/21/2015 05:04 PM
It ALREADY seams like it. 
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Post by: mheney on 04/21/2015 06:37 PM
Does that mean we will have to wait another 2000 years for a moon landing?

Question for whoever -- how do you make hex signs against a statement in the forum?

;)

0x7369676373
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Post by: MattMason on 04/21/2015 07:54 PM
When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti poses in the ISS cupola in a Star Trek uniform pointing to the Dragon, quotes Janeway, and you think "Yesssss!!" instead of "WTF!".

...When you also notice that she's not wearing the Starfleet insignia (never mind which one for the right series), but something with far more space-chic cred: her own gold astronaut pin.
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 04/21/2015 08:00 PM
When you spend 3 hours on your day off taking pictures of your spaceship models and photoshopping them in space or Mars orbit.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: tea monster on 04/21/2015 08:48 PM
When you are on the phone and there is this silent lul in the conversation. You have this uncontrollable urge to go "BEEP".
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/05/2015 11:12 AM
....when you have an ache that keeps coming back and you conduct your own a root cause investigation.

I'm taking my findings to the PRCB.
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Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 05/05/2015 12:15 PM
When your mother absently asks you what Livestream you are watching on your PC and, before you know it, you're half-way through a lecture on the development history of the Falcon-9.

P.S.: I've also found that, when I'm watching the terminal countdown, I can hear Annie Lennox's vocal track from the Apollo 13 soundtrack playing in my head.
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Post by: DatUser14 on 05/05/2015 02:20 PM
when you fly a replica of Dawn in KSP, using realistic models imported from Orbiter.


when you are talking with a non space friend about the recent progress failure and they say " thats the one with the two boosters, right" completely seriously.


Where would I find that lecture about the development of the F9, id like to listen to it. 
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 05/05/2015 02:25 PM
When you wake up on May 5, and watch Spacecraft Films Freedom 7 DVD.
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 05/05/2015 03:03 PM
When you wake up on May 5, and watch Spacecraft Films Freedom 7 DVD.

When you start your workday with Shepard's Prayer -- "OK, buster, don't f*** this up!"
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Post by: The Amazing Catstronaut on 05/05/2015 07:48 PM


When you start your workday with Shepard's Prayer -- "OK, buster, don't f*** this up!"

Hey! I do that too!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 05/05/2015 09:41 PM
When you wake up on May 5, and watch Spacecraft Films Freedom 7 DVD.

When you start your workday with Shepard's Prayer -- "OK, buster, don't f*** this up!"
Every time you see the movie, "Space Cowboys" it irks you that it's obvious that 'Tank' said an accurate version of that quote, yet they later dubbed it for a more PG-friendly version.
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Post by: MrHollifield on 05/05/2015 09:45 PM
When the TV weathermen are getting all worked up about the first tropical-ish system of the year and all you care about is if it will disrupt the D2 pad abort test. :D
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: pippin on 05/06/2015 12:48 PM
You are sitting in a session with @astro_alex while peeking at the SpaceX pad abort test on an iPad and following it on NSF in an iPhone
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Post by: Rocket Science on 05/06/2015 01:14 PM
You get up around 3am and post a WX update for the Dragon abort test... :o
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Post by: wjbarnett on 05/07/2015 01:05 PM
You feel confused and discombobulated because you can't check the morning posts on NSF.com due a DNS issue. And keep hitting F5 as if it were a SpX launch or something similar...
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/07/2015 01:30 PM
You feel confused and discombobulated because you can't check the morning posts on NSF.com due a DNS issue. And keep hitting F5 as if it were a SpX launch or something similar...

Heh, although massive apologies about that. Have a thread for it (and moved the responses to your post into it) here:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=37520.0

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Post by: KEdward5 on 05/13/2015 05:20 PM
When someone joins the workforce with the surname Apu.

And you think APU.
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Post by: Paul Howard on 05/26/2015 10:38 AM
When the wife is watching Netflix and you're next to here reading this site.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 05/27/2015 07:38 PM
...when you know Dnipropetrovsk as the home of the Zenit rocket (and many other spaceflight things) well before today's Europa League final with their hometown football team on the line for Europe's 2nd line champions. ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/27/2015 08:07 PM
...when you know Dnipropetrovsk as the home of the Zenit rocket (and many other spaceflight things) well before today's Europa League final with their hometown football team on the line for Europe's 2nd line champions. ;)

HA! I was reading about FIFA's scandal (no surprises there) and they showed one of the new Russian stadiums for the 2018 World Cup, called The Zenit Stadium in Saint Petersburg and thought "Rockets!" ;D
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Post by: kevin-rf on 07/12/2015 04:30 AM
Every time you go to the hottub you look for satellites.

When you spot one you, you look it up on heavens-above.

As soon as you figure it out, you look up it's launch history.
 

Tonight's treat was Cosmos 2297's upper stage stalking then crossing behind Lacrosse 5. Talk about unnerving, they crossed with only a couple of degrees of separation.

Lacrosse 5 did not do it's famous disappearing act, but was significantly brighter than 1.7 predicted by Heavens-Above. That big SAR Array must have been tilted just right... And it was way more exciting to watch than any TV show.

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Post by: DatUser14 on 07/14/2015 12:36 AM
when you get more excited about the easy visibility of Venus and Jupiter, than the oohing and aahhing of the 4th of july fireworks. When you clear your tuesday schedule to devote your entire day to NSF and NASA TV coverage of the New Horizons pluto flyby.
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Post by: Archibald on 07/14/2015 06:48 PM
When you notice that one of New Horizons scientists is called Bowman (Alice) and wonders if she is related to David Bowman in any way ?  8)
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Post by: PahTo on 07/15/2015 03:47 PM

Hey--I work in the Bowman Bldg!  Seriously though, she was awesome at the Control Center and then the presser yesterday...

back on topic:

You know you're a space geek when...
you can recognize the difference between an RL-10A4 and an RL-10C1 by way of the nozzle extension fabrication while watching yet another Atlas V launch on the internets.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/18/2015 07:29 PM
...when you channel hop, see what you instantly know is a Shuttle water dump and then want to punch the TV when the voiceover says "this UFO was filmed from Shuttle Atlantis...." NOOOOOOOOOOOO ;D
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Post by: seawolfe on 07/18/2015 09:37 PM
When you miss the latest news about the Pluto encounter....following it on NSF and with no audio, watching it on LiveStream when you SHOULD be working at work.... :o  :-[  Then come home and after doing yard work, tune into NASA TV only to find old videofiles showing.  >:(  Flip the channel and watch the Friday Pluto Q&A on CSPAN2!  YAY!  ;D
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Post by: Endeavour_01 on 09/27/2015 06:49 PM
You know you are a space geek when you dream about Elon Musk coming to your house and interviewing him for NSF.  :)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 09/28/2015 02:27 PM
You could always go to burning man and try to track him down for an interview ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 10/06/2015 07:37 PM
When ALL your co-workers come over to ask what you thought of the movie, "The Martian" (and earlier on, "Gravity") as they'd just seen it and wanted to know what someone who was familiar with the space program thought of it...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 11/04/2015 12:16 AM
The NRO sends out a tweet on 1968-098A with a factual error and it irritates you enough to tweet a correction.

Now I am wondering if I can watch satellites from Gitmo...
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Post by: simonbp on 11/04/2015 03:29 AM
You don't have a picture that you made on the computer you are using, so you have to go find it on the NASA homepage.

Had to do this several times this autumn. ;)
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Post by: simonbp on 11/04/2015 03:41 AM
When you notice that one of New Horizons scientists is called Bowman (Alice) and wonders if she is related to David Bowman in any way ?  8)

Ah, but all the computers do exactly what Alice wants them to do. ;)

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Post by: Archibald on 11/04/2015 10:36 AM
Goddam AE-35 element ;)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: p51 on 11/06/2015 04:08 PM
You see the report of the COPV landing in that field in Spain and think, "Man, why can't that happen in my back yard?"
And you know you wouldn't call anyone to report it. If you did, you'd want to be standing next to it with a shotgun saying, "Yeah, you're not taking this thing anywhere..."
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 11/07/2015 12:32 AM
When Chris sends your resub notice for L2, and you sign up for life!!
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Post by: kevin-rf on 11/07/2015 12:19 PM
You see the report of the COPV landing in that field in Spain and think, "Man, why can't that happen in my back yard?"
And you know you wouldn't call anyone to report it. If you did, you'd want to be standing next to it with a shotgun saying, "Yeah, you're not taking this thing anywhere..."

Actually, first thing I would do is take a ton of pics, post them on NSF, then report it...

Of course then backmail demand who it belongs to a VIP tour of all facilities ;)
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Post by: Archibald on 11/18/2015 04:46 PM
(this post doesn't want to be offending to anyone in the world. I'm just amazed that the russians did that)

When you are half stunned, half excited reading in the news that the Russians send their heavy bomber force against ISIS capital Raqqa - they send Tu-160 Blackjacks, first combat sortie of the world fastest and biggest bomber ever, damn it. 275 tons, mach 1.8, variable geometry, 100 000 pound bombload. To think Tom Clancy didn't lived to see that...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 11/18/2015 05:07 PM
You had to double check the claim since a Tu-22 Backfire, not a Tu-160 Blackjack was shot down during the Georgian conflict.

Actually I am more surprised there has not been a discussion of the SBIRS intelligence that was shared on the downing of Metrojet A321 flight 7K-9268. The US shared that it observed a small thermal event, followed by a large thermal event, followed by large thermal event thought to be at ground level. The first event indicates that SBIRS that is quite sensitive to detect a 2kg bomb and the third event must come from the new third IR channel that was added to SBIRS for ground level thermal events (Something not on the prior DSP system). Just supper space geeky...
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Archibald on 11/18/2015 05:12 PM
Sorry, didn't mentionned my source. http://warisboring.com/articles/russian-heavy-bombers-fly-huge-raid-in-syria/
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: DatUser14 on 11/18/2015 05:33 PM
You know your a space geek when.. You look at a water tower and think of a Centaur and adapter
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 12/19/2015 08:58 AM
...when you have filed an official protest against the whole NASASpaceflight.com community on behalf of the ISS Progress Workers Union about the lack of coverage from any forum member of the undocking of Progress M-28M 2 hours ago. The plaintiff remarked, "I'm deeply disappointed that no-one has shown up for my last appearance when a Dragon departing at the same time of day would have got infinite times more of watchers, when all ISS visitors should have the same treatment."

;)
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Post by: Bubbinski on 12/30/2015 10:20 PM
When you book a trip to see a launch with your frequent flyer points.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: kevin-rf on 12/31/2015 02:21 AM
You're told you have to be in San Diego the week of January 18th, and then wonder if by flying out a few days early if you will see Jason-3 on it's quest for orbital glory!
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Tony Trout on 12/31/2015 01:42 PM
When you have 3 TV's in the same room to watch the first shuttle launch on all 3 networks (pre cable/sat TV days)


I wonder if Elvis Presley did that with the Apollo launches?  He had three televisions downstairs in the basement at Graceland.  :)  (Huge Elvis fan here!)
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Rocket Science on 12/31/2015 01:56 PM
When you have 3 TV's in the same room to watch the first shuttle launch on all 3 networks (pre cable/sat TV days)


I wonder if Elvis Presley did that with the Apollo launches?  He had three televisions downstairs in the basement at Graceland.  :)  (Huge Elvis fan here!)
Yeah, but he would probably shoot them if they lost reception like he did to his Pantera when it wouldn't start... ;D
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Post by: Bubbinski on 01/03/2016 03:40 AM
When you do a Google Maps search of Lompoc, CA and Ocean Avenue near SLC-4W while a thrilling Alamo Bowl is on the TV.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: Chris Bergin on 01/03/2016 04:30 PM
When you continue to see space references, everywhere - including cars parked near you! ;D

Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: mtakala24 on 01/03/2016 05:37 PM
.. when you get quite excited of an interesting Space Shuttle launch on TV, with something being horrible wrong with the comms (OTC seems to be the CDR, whats this, some TCDT?) and then crying when Mulder&Scully appear in the same scene.

It was a rerun of an X-Files episode from season 1.
Title: Re: You Know You're A Space Geek When...
Post by: JAFO on 01/16/2016 10:16 PM
You're loading the car at 6am, glance at the sky and think "That star shouldn't be there and it's gold." and know without looking at Heaven's Above that it's the ISS.
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Post by: Archibald on 01/18/2016 07:44 AM
When you visit the Citée de l'espace in Toulouse http://www.cite-espace.com/
eat lunch near their full-size Ariane 5 and in the afternoon buy Airfix 1/72 scale Lunar Module at the gift shop

 - and then your heart break, because what seemed to be a fantastic day happens to be tuesday, 9/11/2001.

I'll never forgot that day.
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Post by: Archibald on 01/24/2016 12:22 PM
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When you continue to see space references, everywhere - including cars parked near you! ;D

(http://www.largus.fr/images/images/Dacia-Logan-MCV-Geneve-2013_02.JPG)

Can't see a Logan MCV without thinking "Multipurpose Crew Vehicle" ;)
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Post by: The Amazing Catstronaut on 01/24/2016 02:19 PM


Can't see a Logan MCV without thinking "Multipurpose Crew Vehicle" ;)

Accurate too!
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Post by: Kaputnik on 02/16/2016 09:42 PM
... you're listening to the song 'City Hall' by Tenacious D, and when you hear the lines:

no more car exhausts, or ocean dumpage/ from now on, we will travel in tubes!

You can't help thinking that this was the basis of Elon's to-do list
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 02/21/2016 07:15 PM
...you find yourself shaping the mashed potatoes on your plate into an ASDS...
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 02/21/2016 09:45 PM
...you find yourself shaping the mashed potatoes on your plate into an ASDS...

That is better than Devil's Tower!
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Post by: eric z on 02/21/2016 09:56 PM
  You get excited seeing an F-102 climb into space, travel into the future and land back again, even if it was just a movie. {"Beyond the Time Barrier"}  ;D
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Post by: Retired Downrange on 02/26/2016 06:25 PM
When.... You are breaking out ice cubes to put in your glass, and this causes you to think about supercooled densified LOX 😁
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Post by: Bubbinski on 02/28/2016 03:40 AM
When you sit out in the cold in the evening observing the Orion Nebula in your C8 Evolution. And later getting back out in the cold to take pictures of Jupiter.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 02/28/2016 01:17 PM
Someone says Banana Split and you think Minotaur 1!
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 02/28/2016 01:34 PM
...when your roommate kids you that there is a pressure switch under your coach seat, next to your computer, and that if that switch isn't closed by you sitting on it, a NO-GO light is flashed on the Falcon 9 launch board.

And you don't disagree with your roommate...
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Post by: Lar on 02/28/2016 02:51 PM
You don't have a picture that you made on the computer you are using, so you have to go find it on the NASA homepage.

Had to do this several times this autumn. ;)
Nice brag

And I thought I was all that because one of my pics is in Encyclopedia Britannica (online version)...

When you are debating whether to spend 20 bucks to get wifi on a 28 minute flight just in case the launch goes off on time even though it scrubbed already and might again...
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Post by: Elvis in Space on 02/28/2016 03:36 PM
You're reading about being a space geek while sitting in Church on Sunday morning.
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Post by: DatUser14 on 02/28/2016 04:27 PM
When you wear the same SpaceX shirt every day for a week so it doesn't loose its lucky powers. Also have 3D prints of a bunch of stuff. Crew Dragon, ASDS and F9 1.1
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Post by: John-H on 03/05/2016 05:23 PM
You are working on a roof and drop a nail. You think "If I were on a  spacewalk, the nail would fall for a very long time."

John
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Post by: maximlevitsky on 03/05/2016 05:26 PM
When you design an scale model of BargeX to every bit of percision  :)
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Post by: Johnnyhinbos on 03/06/2016 02:44 PM
When you reply to this thread... (Like I did just now)
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Post by: Archibald on 03/06/2016 06:37 PM
When your two-years-old son says "boom, boom, boom" after seeing the amazing Atlas-Centaur pad fallback in 1965
 http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=615_1316979935

(and the Proton failure of July 2013 in slow motion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqW0LEcTAYg )
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Post by: EE Scott on 03/07/2016 06:40 PM
That Proton video is very cool!

I know I'm a space geek when instead of counting sheep at night when I can't fall asleep I imagine countless new launch vehicles and missions through the magic of Lego-engineering. (Let's see, monolithic LV with three RS-68s on stage 1, with two of three engines to be ejected to save weight a la Atlas I, ACES stage 2; three-launches of this LV gets capsule, hab, and propulsion modules into orbit for rendezvous, docking, and departure for Venus flyby........zzzzzzzz.)
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Post by: TheFallen on 03/08/2016 02:11 AM
...when I just updated my signature below to reflect my favorite space and space-related events for 2016.
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Post by: Kaputnik on 03/09/2016 11:00 PM
When your week-old baby's cord shrivels up and falls off, and you describe it to your wife as a 'clean umbilical disconnect'
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Post by: eric z on 03/10/2016 12:10 AM
 When channel-surfing, you coincidentally stop on "Bionic Woman" and see a female Robot scrub a Saturn 5 launch from Vandenberg AFB!  Update: They launched it! Anyone know what footage they used? Looked like it was a bit cloudy...Man wouldn't that have been awesome in real-life?!
PS: earliest use of the term "Fembot"? ;D
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Post by: Nilof on 03/12/2016 04:14 PM
...When you read about the republican debate on H-1B visas, and first think of the first stage engine of the Saturn 1.
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Post by: wardy89 on 03/13/2016 08:41 PM
When the first thing you do in the morning after grabbing a coffee is check the NSF forums for the latest rocket related news!
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Post by: Ethelred the Unready on 03/17/2016 01:03 PM
When you are sick and tired of unmoderated social media sites and find this amazing place and celebrate.
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Post by: The Amazing Catstronaut on 03/17/2016 07:28 PM
When you see the characters LC39 in somebody's license plate and you wonder if it's that way by design.
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Post by: CNYMike on 03/18/2016 01:50 AM
... you see your oldest friend's new email address contains the letters "sls" and you wonder "What does the Space Launch System have to do with it?"

... you go to the National Museum of Science and Industry in London and point out different rockets and models of rockets without reading the labels.  (Although I almost walked past a Black Arrow.  My friend pointed it out.  That sucker is small!)

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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/30/2016 01:59 AM
When sitting in the hottub you watch two satellites cross the sky, go inside to look them up, realize both are Centaurs left over from NOSS/Intruder launches (USA-238 and USA-181) then realize you last saw USA-181's Centaur back in 2005 while it vented after completing it's mission.
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Post by: Archibald on 04/03/2016 07:02 PM
When you tried explaining what a radial engine is  to your family, because you think that plane has the look of a radial engined-aircraft
(https://c4.q-assets.com/images/products/p/btt/btt-017_1z.jpg)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/03/2016 11:16 PM
Nah, that's definitely a shuttle ET with wings and a Roton recovery system ;)
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/04/2016 02:34 AM
When staring up at the sky you see a pair of satellites in formation and go I love the time of year near equinox's when the Intruders flare. Then you are pleasantly surprised that Heavens-Above now includes the flaring model for them and you quickly track the pair down to NOSS 3-4, which you saw launch in 2007!
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Post by: p51 on 04/04/2016 05:44 PM
When you tell your significant other to "hurry up because the ISS is coming over in ten minutes" (if you get my meaning).
Now I've never done that but a friend of mine swears he did with his girlfriend at the itme. And he wonders why he's single now...
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Post by: Rocket Science on 04/06/2016 11:02 PM
When as soon as you come home from hospital for day surgery you check NSF to see what you missed... ;D
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Post by: RanulfC on 04/07/2016 12:22 PM
When you tell your significant other to "hurry up because the ISS is coming over in ten minutes" (if you get my meaning).
Now I've never done that but a friend of mine swears he did with his girlfriend at the itme. And he wonders why he's single now...

On that note... :)

...When you walk in the door after work and the person who's shared your life for the last 30 years excitedly tells you all the "neat" space stuff she's been reading all day and can't wait to share with you! You also know you made a really good choice way back when as well :)
(Seriously can't stop grinning)

Randy
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Post by: philw1776 on 04/09/2016 11:53 AM
when on the evening of your 49th wedding anniversary you cancel your restaurant reservation to stay home and watch the SpaceX CRS-8 webcast of the barge landing...over and over.
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Post by: savuporo on 04/11/2016 03:39 PM
You want to #FindSam (https://twitter.com/JohnBarnesUK/status/718899546928099329)
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Post by: S.Paulissen on 04/13/2016 11:19 PM
You find space related pictures and make mosaic images of them made up of your fluorescent images of yeast cells you've taken because.... I like biology AND space damnit.

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Post by: Ronpur50 on 04/13/2016 11:36 PM
When watching the "Earthrise" scene of the Apollo 8 episode of "From the Earth to the Moon" (1968), I get choked up.......even though I have watched it about 40 times!
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 04/14/2016 01:13 AM
When watching the "Earthrise" scene of the Apollo 8 episode of "From the Earth to the Moon" (1968), I get choked up.......even though I have watched it about 40 times!

"Calm down, Lovell...  I think it'll come up again."  (winks)
- Bill Anders
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Post by: DPX on 04/14/2016 08:13 AM
When you're still awake at 1:30am watching the Port Canaveral webcam, even though nothing has really happened with the rocket for the last 5 hours.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/14/2016 02:19 PM
You find space related pictures and make mosaic images of them made up of your fluorescent images of yeast cells you've taken because.... I like biology AND space damnit.


Flow?
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Post by: S.Paulissen on 04/14/2016 05:29 PM
You find space related pictures and make mosaic images of them made up of your fluorescent images of yeast cells you've taken because.... I like biology AND space damnit.


Flow?

No, normal epifluorescent microscopy.  For context, these pictures are of cells that are six microns or less across. That's tiny, even for cells.  Human epithelial cell NUCLEI (skin. linings etc) routinely run in the 6 micron range and the structures you're seeing inside my cells are often measured in nanometers instead.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 04/14/2016 05:59 PM
Stacking Images taken through a couple of filters I take. AO,PI? Usually we set our gates for human derived cell lines in the 5-25 um range. Smaller and it's debris, larger and it's clump. Or a big fat Adipocyte...

Clearly some of your yeast is budding, I should report that to Chris? This is a kid friendly site after all ;)
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Post by: S.Paulissen on 04/14/2016 11:18 PM
Stacking Images taken through a couple of filters I take. AO,PI? Usually we set our gates for human derived cell lines in the 5-25 um range. Smaller and it's debris, larger and it's clump. Or a big fat Adipocyte...

Clearly some of your yeast is budding, I should report that to Chris? This is a kid friendly site after all ;)

Yeast budding is perfectly natural phenomenon, ALL children should be curious about their buds as they get older!  It's part of science! :p 

The beauty of that comment is that all of those pictures are taken during meiosis where yeast are making their version of gametes!  OoOOoo, racy.  When I started I always thought of budding yeast as the fat Homer Simpson of the eukaryotic world until I realized I was imaging cells solely with a 100x lens and a fellow scientist gasped, "what the hell are you trying to image, individual chromosomes?!"

As for the stains, we but we aren't like you troglodytes in the mammalian field (I kid, believe me it's all out of jealously of your limelight) all of our markers are vital stains because they're all genetically encoded. 

Depending on the little mosaic piece you're looking at, we've either got a plasmid expressing a PA-binding form of GFP (or BFP, or RFP) that labels the plasma and prospore membranes, a histone fused with mCherry for the nuclei, a protein fusion that labels the leading edge of the prospore membrane (in a fancy set of four rings, hence the protein's name Donuts, or Don1 for short) or a kinase fused to a GFP variant, Envy, that localizes to the four nuclei in yeast meiosis.

The reds are almost all PA binding-RFP, and Histones.  The yellows and oranges are usually just merged green and red pictures of the same cell.  The blues are all PA binding-BFP, and the greens are MOSTLY PA binding GFP but a mix of the other greens mentioned above.

I'll stop here and if you still want to talk some shop we can move to PMs so we don't derail the thread.

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Post by: Archibald on 04/19/2016 07:12 PM
When your antiquated computer takes three minutes from start to internet to NSF and you fill that time reading Stephen Baxter Voyage for the hundredth time (like a Bible, in fact)
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Post by: Jose Martinez on 04/21/2016 02:22 AM
When you miss watching a webcam at a Port.
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Post by: sanman on 04/21/2016 10:27 PM
And if you're not a geek, then how do you know you're a Spaceneck?

When you fix your spacecraft with WD-40 and duct tape  ;D
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Post by: p51 on 04/25/2016 05:31 PM
And if you're not a geek, then how do you know you're a Spaceneck?
When your front yard is littered with old rusty rocket parts.

When your orbiter has a recycled TV antenna for comms.

The back bulkhead of the mid deck has a gun rack mounted on it.

Your EVA said has "Git 'er done" written on it in marker.

Your wakeup music is always Skynyrd.

You asked for Toby Keith to be the PAO for your mission.

Your crew van is a jacked up 4W truck, with the crew riding in the open bed.

Your flight suits are made by Carhart. And they all have reflective vertical stripes on them. And they look very dirty, even when they're brand new.

Your mission patches are done with majic markers.
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Post by: Archibald on 05/14/2016 08:18 PM
When (born as a non-english speaker) you learned the accronyms FUBAR and SNAFU reading that forum, but really grasp their true, deep meaning after landing a job at a large (non aerospace company, of which I won't mention the name) which tries to implement a major change in its logistics software.
The case is that the software is entirely and perpetually  SNAFU and FUBAR, and you'be been hired to manually do things it was supposed to do automatically ;)
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Post by: Bob Shaw on 05/14/2016 09:15 PM
* Buying a 1080P projector just to watch those SpaceX and Blue Origin shorts at the correct size - wall-sized.

* Shouting in the night and dancing when things go well.

* Watching 'Gravity' with the sound turned off, due to reasons.

* Sometimes watching parts of 'Gravity' with your eyes shut, so as not to watch those parts.

* Buying your own satellite on KickStarter, and watching it get launched, cheering and shouting in the night (see above).
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Post by: vapour_nudge on 05/15/2016 07:39 AM
When flying across the South Pacific from Santiago, Chile, to Sydney via NZ, you think "I hope no Progress craft are being de-orbited tonight"
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Post by: Energia on 05/18/2016 05:43 PM
You Know You're A Space Geek When you are alone to wait the television mini-series adaptation of the Mars Trilogy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_trilogy).
(maybe in 2017...  :-[)
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Post by: MarekCyzio on 05/18/2016 06:06 PM
You know you are a Space Geek after you visit four Space Shuttles in their museums.
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 05/19/2016 01:42 AM
You know you are a Space Geek after you visit four Space Shuttles in their museums.

You win!!
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Post by: JeffLA on 05/24/2016 12:03 AM
When you're upset your landing bingo selection won't be in the middle due to popular demand.
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Post by: Lar on 05/24/2016 02:49 AM
When you're upset your landing bingo selection won't be in the middle due to popular demand.
could you clarify what you mean by that?
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 05/24/2016 11:12 AM
When you're upset your landing bingo selection won't be in the middle due to popular demand.
could you clarify what you mean by that?

He means all the middle circle selections have already been taken ;D
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Post by: rocx on 05/24/2016 11:43 AM
When you're upset your landing bingo selection won't be in the middle due to popular demand.
could you clarify what you mean by that?

He means all the middle circle selections have already been taken ;D

Like the great person who totally did not misuse his mod powers to edit my post (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40358.msg1537999#msg1537999) who took the center square M-21 within one hour of the poll opening, how dare he!
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Post by: DatUser14 on 05/24/2016 12:16 PM
It used to be exciting, the bingo. Now it has just been a race to the center 4 and after that all the fun is over
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 05/28/2016 01:34 PM
You know you're a space geek when you get up really early on a Saturday morning to watch while NASA blows up a huge balloon.

(Actually, to be completely honest, I think the real attraction is to be watching just in case something goes wrong -- rather like a lot of people watch NASCAR not because they follow the races, but because they want to be watching if a big crash happens...)
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Post by: Archibald on 05/28/2016 06:17 PM
When you pinned a map of the solar system on the wall of, your 2-year-old kid room and teach him the name of the planets. Then got startled, and proud, when the kid distinctly said "JU-PI-TER" in an excited voice
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Post by: DatUser14 on 05/30/2016 01:40 AM
When you know more about USSRC/MSFC than your tour guide
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Post by: kevin-rf on 05/30/2016 02:23 AM
For most people the Sky's the Limit.
For Space enthusiasts the Sky is home, and we all want to go home!
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Post by: p51 on 06/09/2016 06:58 PM
Well, you know your a space suit geek when you can't watch the movie "Armageddon" primarily because of the use of blue suits and no gloves on the costumes made for the movie. Seriously, the sleeves go to the wrists in the movie with no locking rings! Ah, the horror!
(https://borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/armageddon-flight-suits.jpg)
 :o
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Post by: rocx on 06/10/2016 09:38 AM
What is that catstronaut doing in that picture?
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Post by: mtakala24 on 06/10/2016 09:54 AM
.. When you watch a webcast of a rocket launch for 4.5 hours without the rocket actually launching.
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Post by: Archibald on 06/10/2016 03:58 PM
Armageddon is an insult to anything related to space - and movies. Michel bay should be jailed for life so that he couldn't do any "movies".
Oh well, sometimes a link is worth a lot of words (or insults)
http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Armageddon_1998.aspx

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An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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Post by: MattMason on 06/10/2016 04:59 PM
...when you think of your weekend plans for drinking, barbecue, gaming and sleeping as "cryogenic liquid alcohol fuel tanking test," "countdown to ignition," "crew EVA" and "coast phase."
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Post by: p51 on 06/10/2016 05:13 PM
What is that catstronaut doing in that picture?
Wow. I was so transfixed on the horrible job they did with the suits that I had to go back to see what you were talking about...
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Post by: Bubbinski on 06/10/2016 06:33 PM
Wow...if that's an actual screenshot of the movie, with a catstronaut in it... Yeah Armageddon was a real slop fest but if they put a "catstronaut" in the scene that's next-level bad! (Or the cats have taken over the world and this is one of the first signs!).
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Post by: Archibald on 06/10/2016 06:41 PM
Me too ! I have so much anger directed at Michael Bay that I didn't saw the cat, meow. Catmageddon !
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Post by: kevin-rf on 06/10/2016 07:44 PM
Grab some m&m's and think what would happen if a really large dump truck of them spilled in polar orbit how it would  evolve into a thin hard protective chocolate shell.
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Post by: Ethelred the Unready on 06/12/2016 11:16 AM
When you see posts from people who think Armageddon is a bad movie and find it insulting, and you know you're correct to feel insulted.

Stick to documentaries.
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Post by: vapour_nudge on 07/05/2016 04:28 PM
While on holidays in Livingstone, Zambia, you check NSF at Victoria Falls with hippos and a Wonder of the World nearby. Desperation in action
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Post by: mtakala24 on 08/01/2016 03:04 PM
Over the weekend, a multiple launch vehicle crash happened on Castor's clubroom at Tampere University of Technology. Castor is a model rocket & space enthusiast hobby club at the university.

Luckily nobody was hurt and no hardware was damaged. I'm not sure if that will be the case when the securely attached video projector decides its time....
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Post by: hkultala on 08/01/2016 03:11 PM
Over the weekend, a multiple launch vehicle crash happened on Castor's clubroom at Tampere University of Technology. Castor is a model rocket & space enthusiast hobby club at the university.


Hmm, maybe I should visit there some day, as I work very close(T-building)

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Luckily nobody was hurt and no hardware was damaged. I'm not sure if that will be the case when the securely attached video projector decides its time....

.. and even if some hardware was damaged, it would have been very old hardware.
Even Energija? missing, Something like 30 years old?
Time to print a new, updated poster? ;)

But what is the fat one at the middle of bottom row?
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Post by: mtakala24 on 08/01/2016 03:33 PM
I'll check that tomorrow. You are welcome to visit, the weekly guaranteed to be open day is on Tuesdays at 6pm, after the holiday season ends.
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Post by: mtakala24 on 08/02/2016 11:47 AM
Bottom row: Delta 2914, MU-3C, Titan IIIE-Centaur,  Delta 3914, CSL-2-FB-1, Diamant BP4,  N-1 (Japan), Atlas-Centaur, Atlas E/F, MU-3H, SLV-3, Ariane 1, STS,  Delta 3920, Titan 34D.

Poster was printed in 1987.
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Post by: Rocket Science on 08/02/2016 12:19 PM
Bottom row: Delta 2914, MU-3C, Titan IIIE-Centaur,  Delta 3914, CSL-2-FB-1, Diamant BP4,  N-1 (Japan), Atlas-Centaur, Atlas E/F, MU-3H, SLV-3, Ariane 1, STS,  Delta 3920, Titan 34D.

Poster was printed in 1987.
I have that poster as well... ;D
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/02/2016 10:24 PM
With a Black Arrow near the center! Amazing what the eye is drawn too...
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Post by: deaville on 08/09/2016 09:10 PM
You know that geekiness reigns when you know that a required piece of equipment for the recovery of an Apollo capsule was a police whistle.
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Post by: p51 on 08/12/2016 08:44 PM
... you get a new SUV and before the dealer gets the permanent license plates from the DMV, you already have a NASA 'meatball' sticker already in the lower corner of the back window.
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Post by: JAFO on 08/14/2016 05:24 AM
Saturday night, beautiful evening, first time you've been home for more than 36 hours in almost 3 weeks and your wife suggests you go out for ice cream. Without thinking you blurt out Ok, but we have to be home in time for the Space X launch!


Bonus points: wife suggests you get the ice cream to go so you can do both. :win:
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Post by: Antares on 08/15/2016 04:46 AM
...you make a political donation that is numerically equal to the current Merlin thrust percentage and then come straight to this thread to catch up on reading and post about it.
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Post by: p51 on 08/16/2016 05:31 PM
Saturday night, beautiful evening, first time you've been home for more than 36 hours in almost 3 weeks and your wife suggests you go out for ice cream. Without thinking you blurt out Ok, but we have to be home in time for the Space X launch!
Bonus points: wife suggests you get the ice cream to go so you can do both. :win:
And when she suggests something in private (if you get what I mean), and you ask to delay that for a launch, then you know you're a space geek.
But if the wife delays for that and is okay with it? You know you have a keeper if that happen!
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Post by: rpapo on 08/22/2016 05:56 PM
While typing in a some code, I typed "NSF" rather than "NCF", leading to a compiler error...
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Post by: Archibald on 08/23/2016 12:23 PM
when you remember August 22 as "the day SpaceX lost Grassshoper in 2014"
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Post by: JebK on 08/23/2016 12:47 PM
... when you are sad because SpaceX has not released video of its most recent landing.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 08/23/2016 02:11 PM
...And are also sad because the NRO has yet release all the details on the KH-11.
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Post by: Bob Shaw on 08/23/2016 02:13 PM
Saturday night, beautiful evening, first time you've been home for more than 36 hours in almost 3 weeks and your wife suggests you go out for ice cream. Without thinking you blurt out Ok, but we have to be home in time for the Space X launch!
Bonus points: wife suggests you get the ice cream to go so you can do both. :win:
And when she suggests something in private (if you get what I mean), and you ask to delay that for a launch, then you know you're a space geek.
But if the wife delays for that and is okay with it? You know you have a keeper if that happen!

Now, if you can combine both...
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Post by: Archibald on 08/24/2016 05:47 PM
When you are invited to La Réunion by the step family  (the tiny island 6000 miles from Europe, down under near Madagascar) .
And you think about spending ten hours in a subsonic airliner
- and you read Frontiers of space (1969)
and think
"With Philip Bono global suborbital rocket transport the trip would be over in less than an hour"
**SIGH**
Where is the global rocket transport when you need it ?
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Post by: p51 on 08/27/2016 12:19 AM
When you are invited to La Réunion by the step family  (the tiny island 6000 miles from Europe, down under near Madagascar) .
And you think about spending ten hours in a subsonic airliner
- and you read Frontiers of space (1969)
and think
"With Philip Bono global suborbital rocket transport the trip would be over in less than an hour"
**SIGH**
Where is the global rocket transport when you need it ?
I always thought it'd make for a good sci-fi comedy for someone to be frozen or pushed forward in time to about now, then see how horrified they are that almost none of the stuff they thought would come to pass has happened at all.
Walking robots doing stuff all over the place?
Big space stations?
Bases on the Moon (or even having gone back after 1972)?
Flying cars?
The internet would surprise them, but the rest would be a crushing disappointment!
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 08/27/2016 01:13 AM
When you are invited to La Réunion by the step family  (the tiny island 6000 miles from Europe, down under near Madagascar) .
And you think about spending ten hours in a subsonic airliner
- and you read Frontiers of space (1969)
and think
"With Philip Bono global suborbital rocket transport the trip would be over in less than an hour"
**SIGH**
Where is the global rocket transport when you need it ?
I always thought it'd make for a good sci-fi comedy for someone to be frozen or pushed forward in time to about now, then see how horrified they are that almost none of the stuff they thought would come to pass has happened at all.
Walking robots doing stuff all over the place?
Big space stations?
Bases on the Moon (or even having gone back after 1972)?
Flying cars?
The internet would surprise them, but the rest would be a crushing disappointment!

I hear ya -- but the internet is actually more impressive than you may think.  One of the things I truly wanted from a 21st century life was a basic info terminal or comconsole, and what we have with cell phones, tablets and the internet are fast approaching what I had always envisioned for that kind of thing.

I also recall a lovely scene at the beginning of Asimov's Second Foundation, when Arcadia Darrell is dictating a school paper into a Voco-Writer, which took her words and translated them into lovely, flowing script.  I always thought that was something that was so far-out I would never see it in my lifetime.  And here we are with voice-commanded stuff all over the place, including word processors that can then generate printed or electronic versions of... flowing script!

So, yeah, I want my flying car, too.  But you can at least buy an electric car, and the TVs are half the size of your wall (if you so desire) and of higher resolution than the pictures you used to look at in magazines.  And you can look at pictures taken earlier today on Mars.  And from the Space Station.  And pictures taken in the past few days from Jupiter and Saturn.  You can look at fine details of nitrogen ice plateaus on Pluto, and count up all the thousands of extra-solar planets that have been discovered to date.

You can see the Pillars of Creation, and can see galaxies as they appeared at the very birth of the first stars, 13 billion years ago.  You can see individual atoms being manipulated into meaningful patterns with ultra-fine manipulation techniques, viewed by atomic force microscopes.

You can also see that humans are still animals, still mostly ruled by emotion and not reason, and still remain a troubled species.

So, nope, it's not the 21st century that the SF of the 40's and 50's would have led us to expect.  It's not dystopian, it's not utopian.  It's not Clarke's future, nor Asimov's, nor Pohl's nor Heinlein's.

To be quite frank, as close as it is to anything predicted in SF of that era, this future that we are living in is Philip K. Dick's future.  It has astounding things and offers us enormous and soul-searing vistas.  But it's fractured and kaleidoscopic, with no one sharing the same reality as their friends and neighbors, much less with peoples, troubled and not, across their countries and across this world.  It is a future in which our very sense of self is sometimes challenged.

And yet, and yet... I can watch a rocket, standing tall in the wind, as it descends to land on its tail of fire.

For real.

Guys, if that's a part of the fractured future we live in, all I can say is, the space geek in me is completely satisfied.

:)
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Post by: Bob Shaw on 08/27/2016 01:26 AM
The only thing from 2001 which we got was...

...iPads

Not quite on time, but...
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Post by: Nomadd on 08/27/2016 04:24 AM
 
I always thought it'd make for a good sci-fi comedy for someone to be frozen or pushed forward in time to about now, then see how horrified they are that almost none of the stuff they thought would come to pass has happened at all.
Walking robots doing stuff all over the place?
Big space stations?
Bases on the Moon (or even having gone back after 1972)?
Flying cars?
The internet would surprise them, but the rest would be a crushing disappointment!
In another 40 years it will probably be more like Demolition Man.
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Post by: david1971 on 08/27/2016 06:42 PM
In another 40 years it will probably be more like Demolition Man.

Don't bait Jim.
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Post by: Arb on 08/27/2016 09:35 PM
Aaand, to maybe bring this back on topic. You Know You're A Space Geek When...

...in the time before the internet and personal computers (information and pithy quotes being less easy to come by) you went to the trouble of having this typed and laminated:
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 09/16/2016 04:44 PM
...when after going through busy weeks you find yourself way way behind (90+ pages, 1800+ posts) in the F9 accident thread, yet you still decide to read them in one go right now despite chances of this inflicting serious ADHD. :P
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Post by: Archibald on 09/17/2016 04:18 PM
...when after going through busy weeks you find yourself way way behind (90+ pages, 1800+ posts) in the F9 accident thread, yet you still decide to read them in one go right now despite chances of this inflicting serious ADHD. :P

I have long given up. Just reading the last two pages in the thread, and that's it.
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Post by: mtakala24 on 09/21/2016 07:18 AM
.. when you get into a science conference with asteroid mining as the topic. Greetings from Asteroid Science Intersections with In-Space Mine Engineering (ASIME 2016), Luxembourg.

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Post by: Gliderflyer on 09/25/2016 05:50 PM
you're on a trip and decide to travel over an hour out of your way, through LA traffic, just to take a picture of an aluminum tube. It was worth it!  :D
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Post by: Bubbinski on 09/26/2016 04:04 AM
When you stay up past your bedtime to watch a live launch from the other side of the world (PSLV C35 from Sriharikota, India)
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Post by: Archibald on 09/26/2016 07:11 PM
When you are baffled (an euphemism)  by the most severe case of gastro-enteritis in your whole life, courtesy of the kid that brought the germs home.

Day 1 "How does that rank on the Garn scale ?"
...
Day 3 Trying to explain what the Garn scale is to the wife, which doesn't really care (she is struggling badly)
...
Day 5 "This thing - virus - resists medicine and javel water in all shapes. Should send a sample of it to NASA. Not sure than even Mars perchlorate dust would kill it."
...
Day 7 Howard Hughes OCD germs mode ON - see The Aviator, 2005 by Martin Scorsese. "There are germs everywhere. Germs. Must. fights.them. everywhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_shall_fight_on_the_beaches

Dear God !
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Post by: kevin-rf on 09/26/2016 08:37 PM
You see the word Centaur and wonder asteroid or upper stage
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Post by: Space Ghost 1962 on 09/26/2016 08:42 PM
When you see the release of a new engine on test stand and your migraine lifts ...  ;D
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Post by: AS_501 on 09/26/2016 08:52 PM
When, upon pulling into the garage, your wife says in a frustrated tone of voice:  "Please don't say 'OK engine stop, ACA out of detent, mode control both auto'..."
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Post by: p51 on 09/27/2016 09:55 PM
When your boss says the next time you fix something and nobody understands how you did it, "Okay, saying you went SCE to AUX doesn't mean anything to us!"
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 09/28/2016 02:15 AM
....when I tried to make sense, on my bed at 3 am local time, of the meaning of a 50+ engines reusable rocket 3 times as heavy and powerful as the Saturn V, carrying a spacecraft capable of carrying 450 tonnes and 100 people to Mars, all of which might have a very slight chance of happening in the next decade.....

.....and the meaning of that this talk got to only 7th place in the trending scale of Twitter, beaten in 1st place by my favorite football team(*).   :P

(*)Borussia Dortmund  ;)
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 09/28/2016 08:01 PM
When, upon pulling into the garage, your wife says in a frustrated tone of voice:  "Please don't say 'OK engine stop, ACA out of detent, mode control both auto'..."

"...Descent Engine Command Override OFF, Engine Arm OFF, 413 is in."

You can't start that and not finish it, durnit!
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 10/19/2016 02:50 PM
....when you know that you are watching a live event of ESA when the host says "Welcome back to Facebook" instead of "Welcome back to Mars" right at the start during a Mars landing and a Mars arrival.  ::)
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Post by: Nomadd on 10/19/2016 09:14 PM
 Your wifi password has "pintle" in it.
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Post by: DecoLV on 10/19/2016 11:52 PM
...when you find yourself trying to keep up with Chinese astronauts going to their space station, Expedition 49 crew on Soyuz going to ours, Cygnus on the way, spaghetti -something landing on Mars, ITS doing...what the heck IS it doing?--and SpaceX being uh, SpaceX.

Man, I'm EXHAUSTED!  :)

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Post by: p51 on 10/25/2016 08:18 PM
You go to a week-long Space Camp session and get to hang with Hoot Gibson for a week.
Having the CDR slot on a shuttle sim and having Hoot giving you guidance on what procedures you can skip.
When you get back, you're limited to telling folks about all the cool insight you got from "Hooter", as well as closing out the bar in the Huntsville Marriott with him and your Space Camp team every night you were there.
And meeting Bob Springer and Robert Stewart (the first Army astronaut, HOOAH!) being just icing on the cake!
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Post by: Fan Boi on 10/25/2016 09:17 PM
When you and your wife are about to have some alone time and you mutter "Launch Sequence Initiated"...

P.S. Muttering things like "Max Q" and "go with throttle up" only makes it worse.
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Post by: Archibald on 10/26/2016 01:15 PM
When you rage  >:( because dumb french translators translated movie title "Black Hawk down" as "la chute du faucon noir"
(imagine if the movie title had been - "a black colored hawk fell from the sky" - watching the movie you'd say "I can't remember any black hawk bird falling from the sky during the movie, so why this title ? oh, really ?! )

-  ignoring that Black Hawk is the name of an helicopter and thus, like goddam Titanic or Spitfire,  wasn't supposed to be translated.

At least spanish translators were more clever and translated the title as "Black Hawk derribado" "The Black Hawk that got shot down !"
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Post by: AstroBeatle on 11/20/2016 11:57 AM
When your room looks like this.
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Post by: AstroBeatle on 11/20/2016 12:00 PM
When your room looks like this.
But you still get annoyed by the factual errors in the wall paintings (a flying Enterprise? A clashed spaceflight timeline featuring the Apollo CSM, shuttle and Voyager simultaneously? Horizontal solar panels on the HST?) Another painting (not shown) featured the Viking lander ON THE MOON. *facepalm*

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Post by: p51 on 12/08/2016 08:53 PM
When co-workers, on hearing John Glenn just passed away, come by your desk to offer their condolences, as if you were related to the man.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 12/09/2016 01:37 AM
Sadly, I had a co-worker admit they had to google who he was when they heard the news today.
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Post by: AstroBeatle on 12/09/2016 01:38 AM
When you cry upon hearing John Glenn's passing.

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Post by: AstroBeatle on 12/09/2016 01:38 AM
When you freak out on every social media account about John Glenn.
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Post by: AstroBeatle on 12/09/2016 01:39 AM
Sadly, I had a co-worker admit they had to google who he was when they heard the news today.
Pfft. 2016. People nowadays...
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 12/26/2016 06:17 PM
When you realize that not only are you a space geek, but your mother is as well.  When over Christmas, she tells you that she originally wanted to name you after John Glenn.  My father's name is Glenn, but spelled Glynn, so I did get that middle name.  My dad said there were too many "Johns" in the family already.  My fathers middle name is Wayne, so her second choice was John Wayne......  I ended up with Ronald.
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Post by: deBASHmode on 01/07/2017 01:52 AM
...some refers to your field (eCommerce) as ECOM, and you can't help but think of the EECOM console in the beloved pre-remodel WFCR. I sure miss the shuttles...
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Post by: Bubbinski on 01/07/2017 05:30 AM
When you check Southwest.com for flights from SLC to BUR for next week. Unable to go, but I checked anyway.

BUR: Nearest convenient airport for me to use to go Lompoc/VAFB. Also close to Griffith Observatory, can go to California Science Center by bus, and a far easier airport to use and drive out of than LAX.
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Post by: Wayne Hale on 01/09/2017 08:07 PM
BUR is always my airport of choice when visiting EDW/AFRC or the Aerojet Rocketdyne facilities in the valley.  Worked best for Marquardt at the Van Nuys airport back in the day.  Use Orange County if going to Huntington beach.  LAX was only good back in the Downey days . . .
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Post by: Archibald on 01/11/2017 12:06 PM
When you are invited to La Réunion by the step family  (the tiny island 6000 miles from Europe, down under near Madagascar) .
And you think about spending ten hours in a subsonic airliner
- and you read Frontiers of space (1969)
and think
"With Philip Bono global suborbital rocket transport the trip would be over in less than an hour"
**SIGH**
Where is the global rocket transport when you need it ?

We overflew Europe and Africa by night and the view was stunningly beautiful. Air France 777-300s have a gizmo - a map showing where the airplane is flying. Small and large patches of light marked human civilization. While only at 35 000 ft I couldn't help thinking about the view from the ISS.
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Post by: mtakala24 on 01/15/2017 08:22 PM
When you just have to buy this.
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Post by: PahTo on 01/15/2017 10:24 PM
You've done this 1,008 piece puzzle more than once (not to mention a few others).  The pace of doing the "background" may take time and patience, but so much the better to admire a finally appointed payload bay that is a part of OV-103 on STS-114.

EDIT--ooh, bad grammar--that's FINELY appointed payload bay...
Allow me to post the completed version.
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Post by: NASAGeek on 01/20/2017 02:44 AM
When you cancel your satellite TV because of nothing good to watch and have a smart TV with the NASA TV app on it.so you can still watch the only channel that really matters well at least to me.

When your workplace gets a TV in the break room with a Roku on it. You ask can you put the NASA TV app on it so you can watch on lunch.

While at the us space and rocket center. There's a new exhibit about ISS. They have someone showing the general things about ISS. In one bit on video they show a shuttle launching
And the presenter says this is STS 88 launching unity but it was a daylight launch. STS 88 launched at night I pointed out.

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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 01/21/2017 12:56 AM
When you completely overslept for work today (working on alternate Saturdays and I was supposed to be back by 8:30) and was shocked to see 8:45 on my clock.

The first thing I thought of was, however, "Ouch! I missed the Atlas V launch!"(*)  :o

(*) Launch was at 8:42 on this side of the world and the first thing I saw was Centaur burn looking good.
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 01/21/2017 01:21 AM
I know I'm a Space Geek when instead of counting sheep to sleep - I count how many off-the-shelf EELV launchers it would take to assemble a bare-bones manned Mars Sortie mission, and how the vehicles would look, how big/small they'd be, how many crew, etc... ;)
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Post by: DPX on 01/26/2017 08:59 PM
...you see the the letters FH and go "Ooh! Falcon Heavy!" even when there's no connection with rockets whatsoever  :P
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Post by: JAFO on 01/27/2017 06:12 AM
Upon reading this https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/dreamchaser_arrives_at_armstrong.html
you start seriously considering a road trip to maybe be able to see whatever you can from miles away, just to say you were there.
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Post by: Endeavour_01 on 02/17/2017 06:35 PM
........you know that you are going to tear up when you see SpX-10 launch from LC-39A. So happy to see rockets launching from there again.  :D
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Post by: deBASHmode on 02/23/2017 03:20 AM
...you receive a sample of Booster Serum in your skin care product order and wonder if it's made FROM boosters or FOR boosters...
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 02/23/2017 03:31 AM
...I know I'm a hardcore Space Geek when the endless, mindless, dribbling Space Conspiracy Hoaxtards all over the internet can still make me angry, even after years of trying to either combat or ignore them... :) ;) :(
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Post by: Archibald on 02/23/2017 03:08 PM
https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/flying-with-the-window-shades-down/

Being an aviation buff since the age of 5, it is no surprise that, when flying in an airliner, I'm excited as a kid in a candy store.
Well, this article nail it perfectly

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I always search out a window seat and curse my luck when I can’t get one.  I like to watch them marshal the planes around the gates and I study the taxiway patterns.  I always check to see if the flaps are set properly (at least on my side of the airplane) and am mentally prepared to ring the flight attendant call button to send a message to the pilot if it doesn’t look right.  During the takeoff or landing roll I count the distance remaining boards on the runway to see how fast we are accelerating or stopping.  I find it all so very interesting and entertaining.

Enough said.  ;D 

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On every airline flight I would study the clouds

I remember flying aboard an ATR-72 turboprop airliner above the Alps (a Florence - Lyon trip ) and how the clouds towered far, far above the aircraft flying altitude...

As for the windows shades - mywife is usually seating next to me, and she knows how much an aviation buff I'm, so no issue there :p
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Post by: chrisking0997 on 02/23/2017 04:02 PM
...you take a job offer to work at NASA that is 7k less than another offer you received  8)


ok, it wasnt the only reason but it sure was high on the list lol
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Post by: mheney on 02/23/2017 08:59 PM
...you take a job offer to work at NASA that is 7k less than another offer you received  8)


ok, it wasnt the only reason but it sure was high on the list lol

It was only 2K different when I made the same choice 25 years ago - but I hear ya!

(I worried about it, and, trying to be a good spouse, consulted my wife about the choice.  Her words:  "Are you crazy?  NASA? Why is this a question???")

((We're still married, 25 years later.))

(((I guess I really AM a space geek ...)))
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Post by: Ronpur50 on 02/24/2017 02:06 PM
When you correct the tour guide at the KSC Saturn V building when they say the LM was going to be used for Apollo 18.  No sir, it was for the H-Class Apollo 15 that was cancelled to make Apollo 15 a J-class mission.
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Post by: IRobot on 02/24/2017 03:13 PM
... after 3 years, you manage to convince the guy that works next to you that:
- there was no anti gravity engine provided by aliens on Saturn V
- Apollo 17 did not land on the far side of the Moon to investigate an alien colony

Even better, now he plays KSP!
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Post by: JAFO on 02/24/2017 10:10 PM
https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/flying-with-the-window-shades-down/ (https://waynehale.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/flying-with-the-window-shades-down/)

Being an aviation buff since the age of 5, it is no surprise that, when flying in an airliner, I'm excited as a kid in a candy store.


2017 marks my 30th year of flying. I didn't have the grades to become a military pilot (much less an astronaut) so I started flying hang gliders, then decided to pass on a normal life and take a shot at making it as a pilot the hard way. Got my ratings, went heavily into debt, waited tables at night while building time as a CFI during the day, and was damn lucky. Now I fly around the world as a 78 first officer, and while living out of a suitcase 230+ days/year sometimes gets old, I still love doing the walkaround and looking out the window. Feel free to ask to visit the cockpit, we know how lucky we are and love showing off our office. (I still crack up that Hooter took a job as a FO at SWA after he retired from NASA.)

I live my unfulfilled spaceflight dreams vicariously through this forum, and as an occasional freelance aviation writer I've gotten to do some pretty cool things.


"Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see . . . "
 — Charles Lindbergh, 'The Spirit of St. Louis,' 1953.
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Post by: Gliderflyer on 02/25/2017 04:10 AM
...you are at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and you spend several minutes in the Apollo Command Module mockup looking for the SCE switch, just so you can set it at AUX.
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Post by: Lar on 02/25/2017 06:28 AM
did you find it?

(I mean, I did, but I'm just checking)
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Post by: mikelepage on 02/25/2017 11:55 AM
did you find it?

Fourth from the left (it's on "aux"). Love it.
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Post by: mikelepage on 02/25/2017 12:03 PM
Mine was in 2011 when I was planning to fly from Australia to San Francisco for a conference in my field (Immunology), and discovered ISDC was the following week in Alabama, so I wrote and submitted the abstract for ISDC and booked the flight to Huntsville before I'd even been confirmed for the San Francisco conference (even though it was a fairly sure thing) ::)
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 02/27/2017 02:50 PM
Well you see people in NASA t-shirts walking around your City and think "Yay, NASA fans" and then realize the meatball logo shirt is more a fashion thing than a statement of interest.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 02/27/2017 04:01 PM
When you see space related news items, and think what NSF thread the item belongs in.
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Post by: virnin on 03/02/2017 06:13 PM
When you hear your cow-orkers discussing the importance of HSF, only to realize they're talking about #HawaiianShirtFriday (sigh).
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/03/2017 08:47 PM
While wearing a bright yellow shirt on a teleconference a coworker refers to you as big bird, so you toss up a KH-9 picture!
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Post by: p51 on 03/06/2017 08:39 PM
...you are at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and you spend several minutes in the Apollo Command Module mockup looking for the SCE switch, just so you can set it at AUX.
And you read this text, realize you'd climbed into that thing several times when going to Space Camp as an adult, and kick yourself for never looking for and throwing that switch yourself.
I talked with Al Bean on the phone once on a book project I was thinking about and I so badly wanted to use the term in the conversation, but never did...
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Post by: DatUser14 on 03/08/2017 11:39 AM
When you watch this video and think "huh, that kinda looks like an Ariane 4". https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EjTXxu8hNpc
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Post by: kevin-rf on 03/10/2017 11:09 AM
Your sitting outside having an important conversation and you see a camera flash bright flash, slowly count to five, see it repeat, count to five again for three more repeats, it disapears into the earths shadow, and then spend the next hour trying to figure out which satellite it was. Not even noticing you are now going to be spending the night on the couch. All you are thinking is,

I love the flashers and flares during equinox season!!!
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Post by: Kansan52 on 03/14/2017 08:53 PM
Friend has a rapid heartbeat worrying doctors after the friend's surgery. You say the rapid heartbeat is caused by the latest SX landing (her nephew is an SX landing software engineer).
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Post by: LaunchedIn68 on 03/27/2017 06:26 PM
You're enjoying a quiet morning with a cup of coffee.

Suddenly breaking the quiet, the Mr. Coffee machine lets out a GGRRRAAAAAGGGHHHH...SSSSHHHHssshhhhhh complete with a cloud of steam.

You smile and say "LOX tanks pressing for flight"
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Post by: rpapo on 03/29/2017 05:43 PM
When you get spammed by Arby's "Get an authentic gyro..." and your mind goes off in other directions than food.
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Post by: Archibald on 03/30/2017 06:03 AM
When you glance at the day date on the corner of your computer monitor, read "March 27", think "Gagarin' death" and feel a little sad...
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Post by: Kaputnik on 03/30/2017 07:54 AM
When you reach the bottom of a hill in your car and give it some gas so that the Oberth effect will improve your mileage.
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Post by: Hog on 04/03/2017 06:42 PM
You are grilling your 70 year old Aunt about how many seconds after liftoff it took for her to actually hear the sound of the rocket when she was down in Florida for the EchoStar-23 launch.
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Post by: Ares67 on 04/19/2017 08:44 PM
... you're looking at this photo and you think: "Well, okay... what's going on here? An invisible Space Shuttle?"


BTW, I'm really glad Pad 39A is back in business.
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Post by: mike robel on 04/19/2017 11:27 PM
As a Space Geek and a 2001: A Space Odessy Fan, I so would like to see a Saturn V on pad 39A (and Shuttle Stack on 39B [or perhaps a Neptune Booster - name I advance for SLS) serving as monuments to Apollo, Shuttle, and Beyond.
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Post by: Archibald on 04/21/2017 07:29 PM
You know you are a space geek when you retrieve the video of your kid first steps and use VLC media player to put "Also sprach Zarathustra"  as soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3bY3P523TE
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Post by: WallE on 04/22/2017 07:39 AM
When you see one of those montages of rocket failures in a documentary or movie about the space program, and you know the name/model of every rocket shown, the date of the launch, the payload it was carrying, and the cause of the failure.

When you feel slightly sad during the week of January 27-February 1.


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Post by: mikelepage on 04/28/2017 03:26 PM
When (as I did just now) you give an involuntary cheer when, a chunk of the way into the Player of Games (second culture novel by Iain M Banks), Of Course I Still Love You and Just Read The Instructions get name-checked for the very first time :) and you remember why you started reading this awesome series in the first place.
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Post by: Archibald on 05/03/2017 05:36 PM
When your daily picking list at the logistic job includes "joint toriques" a.k.a o-rings, and every time you can't help thinking about STS-51L with the according  twinge of sorrow... :(
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Post by: JAFO on 05/30/2017 07:26 AM
You stop by the new Apollo display at the Seattle Museum of Flight (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42975.msg1683919#msg1683919) on the way to work, and the next day when the Captain tells you to start the engines you give him the countdown: "10. 9. Ignition sequence start. 6. 5. 4." earning you a WTF? look you have to explain.....

Which then sets off memories between you and the Captain, and a comment of "You guys were alive for that?" from the 35 year old relief pilot. :oldguyfacepalm:
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Post by: Michel Van on 05/30/2017 02:23 PM
This happen to Me

In 2005 i visit the The Deutsches Museum in Munich
were i made mishap, a "little bit" too close to space exhibits for photos.
until the Guards ask me "Hell, what are you doing ?!"
on my next visit in 2007 was on the Deutsches Museum offsite aviation museum.
were on there counter, was a printout with my picture from a surveillance camera
and with note "If this person visit museum, keep a watch on him and take his ID"  :-[

So after Apologie and demand for close access to Europa 2 rocket.
Under supervision from guy responsible of Europa 2 exhibit.
i made around hundreds pictures of it and was enthusiastically about the condition of the rocket.
in mean time the guy learn more about Europa 2 Rocket by me, as true his job at the Museum.

Then he ask me "Do you work in Aerospace industry ?"
i'm work as Illustrator, but i could't resist and answer "yes, Aerospace Historian"

 
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Post by: Dante80 on 05/30/2017 05:07 PM
When once in every week, you put your headphones on, turn up the volume and re-visit this.

http://www.youtubemultiplier.com/580d8d79000f6-fallout-space-shuttle-perfect-mix.php (http://www.youtubemultiplier.com/580d8d79000f6-fallout-space-shuttle-perfect-mix.php)
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 06/03/2017 01:22 AM
Anybody receptive to the idea of a thread about pictures of NSF members and/or their pets? :)
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Post by: darkenfast on 06/09/2017 05:37 AM
True (longish) story: This week I'm (old guy) stage-managing a bunch of teenage girls in a dance show.  In the wings during a pause in tech work, the girls are talking about college plans.  One says she want to major in Physics and Math and then do graduate work in Astrophysics.  I say, "You should work for SpaceX!"  She immediately goes, "Oh, I LOVE SpaceX!". Cue several minutes of geeky SpaceX fandom.  Afterwards, I realized that my headset mic was on the whole time.  The light and sound people on the tech balcony are still laughing about overhearing the whole thing.

I will tell her about this forum.
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Post by: QuantumG on 06/10/2017 02:20 AM
It's your birthday and ...
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Post by: deruch on 06/12/2017 04:37 PM
It's your birthday and ...
Perfect.  It's even based on the original F9s so it looks like the FH would have if they delivered when originally promised (I've seen you repeatedly comment on the delay).  Was that an intentional design choice for you or just serendipitous cake decoration?
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Post by: Elvis in Space on 06/12/2017 04:46 PM
Your still beautiful (hot actually) wife of 28 years proposes a romantic vacation around your anniversary in the fall and your first impulse is how to arrange it around seeing the first Falcon Heavy launch.  8)
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Post by: QuantumG on 06/13/2017 03:07 AM
Perfect.  It's even based on the original F9s so it looks like the FH would have if they delivered when originally promised (I've seen you repeatedly comment on the delay).  Was that an intentional design choice for you or just serendipitous cake decoration?

It was a surprise. So I imagine they based it off the first image they could find... and they had to fit it in the box :)
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Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/22/2017 09:21 PM
Will this one count for some kind of NSF Forum triple word score?

When discussing the new Ice Giants Pre-Decadal Survey Report at my workplace’s Tuesday astronomy/space science lunch gathering (see here):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=33971.msg1689580#msg1689580 ,

In reply to a question about the Decadal Survey process, I prefaced with “I know that this will make me sound like a Dwayne Day fanboy…”

And at least three of the others in the conversation got the reference!

And, there appeared to be general agreement with the observation that I had made!

EDIT: Thank you, Dwayne!
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Post by: zubenelgenubi on 08/01/2017 05:33 PM
I have another one!

When you post yourself outside a NASA field center gate, holding a handwritten with black marker, on a brown, corrugated cardboard sign:

Will work for FPIP
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Post by: moreno7798 on 08/12/2017 02:51 PM
You spend more time on NSF than on Youtube . . .
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Post by: virnin on 09/15/2017 10:00 PM
I bought a used Saturn (car) in 2005 and named it Cassini.
Due to intervention by a car thief last year, the spacecraft outlasted the car.
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Post by: TakeOff on 09/16/2017 10:10 AM
You hate fireworks.
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Post by: LouScheffer on 09/16/2017 11:09 PM
...you see the the letters FH and go "Ooh! Falcon Heavy!" even when there's no connection with rockets whatsoever 


Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

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Post by: Archibald on 10/06/2017 10:40 AM
You see a thread with the title

"consolidated launch schedule"

and can't resist making the joke "did they plan to fly a B-24 Liberator into orbit ?"  ::)
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Post by: Archibald on 10/08/2017 03:41 PM
When your kid is jumping on a bungy trampoline at the local fair, and you can't help thinking about that video, and hume the famous tune...  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKXCiPiVGmg




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Post by: calapine on 10/10/2017 10:48 PM
You find this funny:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLyZ3IfVwAEHUP2.jpg)
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Post by: meberbs on 10/12/2017 06:32 PM
BFF?

Wild guess: Helodriver was on a mobile and it autocorrected 'BFR' to 'BFF' because it only knows every day life acronyms.
Phones learn from your behavior, so  autocorrecting BFF to BFR instead would apply to this thread.

Related anecdote:
I typed a text message starting "I have to pick up my parents at the "
My phone's suggestion for the next word was "spaceport".
Unfortunately the word I needed was "airport".
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Post by: nacnud on 10/12/2017 06:43 PM
When you can use the prefix helio, hermion, cytherion etc and the suffix apo, peri etc without even a mometary what da?
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Post by: eric z on 10/12/2017 06:45 PM
 You get mad at yourself for not waking up in time for the Progress launch, and then realize it was scrubbed- and you are still mad for missing the scrub.
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Post by: JAFO on 10/18/2017 08:01 PM
You fly a 787 but lust after Dream Chaser.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 10/20/2017 09:45 AM
You've just realised that your number of posts is 0.76% of the total number of posts on NSF!
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Post by: 76794p on 10/24/2017 02:20 AM
When you watch the Worldview-4 launch on mute in class.

When you leave class early so you don't have to watch NROL-79 on mute.

When are disappointed that there aren't any launches during your spring break that you could go watch.

When you are studying for an accounting test and you have to remind yourself that NET does not stand for no earlier than in that context.
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 11/06/2017 02:37 PM
...when you get a new phone and you insist that one of the factors of choice is requiring the new phone to be able to use all of the 4.5 satellite navigation systems of the world. Now I'm a proud owner of this phone (https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_xz_premium-8593.php) which I can confirm to be able to detect GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS and QZSS satellites.  :)
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 11/07/2017 01:49 AM
...when you get a new phone and you insist that one of the factors of choice is requiring the new phone to be able to use all of the 4.5 satellite navigation systems of the world. Now I'm a proud owner of this phone (https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_xz_premium-8593.php) which I can confirm to be able to detect GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS and QZSS satellites.  :)

Here's my phone locking on signals from satellites of all 4 GNSS (GPS = circle, GLONASS = square, Galileo = triangle, BDS = pentagon)
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 12/22/2017 05:19 AM
...when you are doing a crossword puzzle, see the clue "Goodbye, Guido!" and can't figure out how you can fit "Bales" into four spaces...
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Post by: darkenfast on 12/23/2017 09:54 AM
.....when you see high-resolution photos of the Tesla inside its Falcon Heavy fairing halves and all you look for are signs of recovery hardware on the fairing!
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Post by: mtakala24 on 12/24/2017 08:01 PM
..when you fall asleep on the night before the Christmas, and you wake up suddenly with a wide smile on the face, having seen the following dream:

* It turns out that an Energia rocket body is found on shallow waters near Malaysia. Dream didn't tell whether this was from the unsuccessful Polyus flight, or unannounced 2nd flight of a Buran orbiter.
* You get on the mini submersible to inspect it, and gather samples
* You get back to the support ship via an airlock at the bottom of it (one of the James Bond movies had such a arrangement), immediately media present, give polite answers
* You can't wait to get inside the support ship with the crew to report them that there also was remains of a crew compartment and some identifiable remains of flight suits
* Wake up.

.. and best yet, all of the dream was visioned through a heavy late-1960s scifi filter, so dunno if I was actually living it, or watching a bad movie.

Best dream in a long time, from technical point of view. Couldn't get back to sleep for an hour at least, to debunk it all...
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Post by: deruch on 12/25/2017 07:42 PM
...you can relate to having trouble falling back to sleep because you're so excited to debunk the implausible space dream you woke up from last.

And, I don't know about the space part, but the geek part is sure right with anyone who says things like, "Best dream in a long time, from technical point of view."  ;D 
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Post by: Archibald on 12/27/2017 06:07 AM
(with all respect to Hawaian gods and people)
When you awake and can't get of your head the name of that interstellar object OUMUAMUA if only because it sounds so funny (sounds like a kid weeping and calling his mummy oh mummy)
 So you teach the kid how to pronounce it, got a great laughing moment, and it instantly become an unstoppable train wreck, and the entire thing soon make the wife... nervous.  :o
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Post by: mtakala24 on 12/27/2017 10:47 AM
Come to think of it, my Energia dream could have been sourced from the early Shuttle manned boost stage concepts. I'm only just half way through the 1st part of new Jenkins book.
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 12/27/2017 01:51 PM
(with all respect to Hawaian gods and people)
When you awake and can't get of your head the name of that interstellar object OUMUAMUA if only because it sounds so funny (sounds like a kid weeping and calling his mummy oh mummy)
 So you teach the kid how to pronounce it, got a great laughing moment, and it instantly become an unstoppable train wreck, and the entire thing soon make the wife... nervous.  :o

I know I am not pronouncing it in my head properly, either.  When I read the name, I am put in mind of a late '50s to early '60s Motown song, with a refrain of "Oooh-Mwah-Mwah" repeated over and over behind the lyric...  :D
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Post by: Bob Shaw on 12/27/2017 08:14 PM
When your car radio has a permanent sticker on the display...
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Post by: deruch on 12/29/2017 11:45 AM
...[after vaguely overhearing some people you just met discussing a "new throwback"] you're all set to jump in to a cool discussion of launch pad operations only to be disappointed when you find out they were actually talking about a "retro" sports jersey that one received for Christmas.   :'(
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Post by: deaville on 12/29/2017 01:42 PM
You're definitely a space geek when you log into this thread to find out what makes others geekish. 8)
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Post by: Archibald on 12/30/2017 02:31 PM
motown song = surfin'bird by the trashmen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXLqMB6vBic

1:23 in the video

pa pa pa pa pa pa pa

oumuamua-mua pa pa oumuamua-mua

oumuamua-mua pa pa oumuamua-mua

(rince, repeat)
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Post by: Archibald on 01/19/2018 02:50 PM
Honey, I killed Google !  :D

After too much (aerospace related) search requests, the freakkin' search engine think I am a spam bot, and even the captchas stopped working (no kidding: I just can't use google now, and I have no idea how long it will last)

I mean, usually Google ask me to check a couple of captchas and then it is reassured, I'm not a robot.
 But things have gone farther than this: the captchas are locked into a kind of never ending loop. The goddam thing keep asking myself for more and more captchas "click on cars. Click on bridges. " - and I have little patience for the silly thing.

Does anybody ever got that issue ?
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Post by: LaunchedIn68 on 01/19/2018 06:16 PM
.....there is an ACTUAL LAUNCH to watch today, and you're totally ticked off because it preempted you watching a 12 second STATIC FIRE!  :o >:( ??? ;D
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Post by: Detrevni on 01/22/2018 02:39 PM
...your toddlers follow any countdown with "liftoff" instead of "blast off". They also intersperse my audible countdowns with nuggets like "Main engine start" and "internal power". Their timing is a bit off, but hey, at 22 months and 3 years old, I can't complain.
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Post by: the_other_Doug on 01/23/2018 04:07 AM
...your toddlers follow any countdown with "liftoff" instead of "blast off". They also intersperse my audible countdowns with nuggets like "Main engine start" and "internal power". Their timing is a bit off, but hey, at 22 months and 3 years old, I can't complain.

Yep.  In Minneapolis, most of the major pedestrian intersections have walk signals that turn into 10- to 20-second countdowns before changing to Don't Walk.  I always count them down with "10, 9, ignition sequence start.  6,5,4,3,2,1, all engine [sic] running.  Liftoff!  We have a liftoff, 32 minutes past the hour!  Liftoff on Apollo 11.  Tower clear!"

I get funny looks from passersby when I do so, but hey, I'm a space geek, so who cares?  ;)
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Post by: Archibald on 01/25/2018 07:07 PM
...your toddlers follow any countdown with "liftoff" instead of "blast off". They also intersperse my audible countdowns with nuggets like "Main engine start" and "internal power". Their timing is a bit off, but hey, at 22 months and 3 years old, I can't complain.

My kid, aged 18 months, saw daddy reading an astronomy magazine (Ciel et espace)  and did the same (of course he didn't red it for real ;) ).
Just for the fun of it, I took a picture of him with Ciel et Espace in his tiny hands, tracked down the mail of the magazine director (linked to the Association Française d'Astronomie, who are gentlemen) and send him the picture. I got an imediate, cordial answer thanking myself for getting more young people interested in both reading and astronomy.

For christmas this year he got his first telescope, make no mistake, it is a creepy plastic thing, BUT I checked the magnification (15X ) and found Galileo telescope was no worse than that :)
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Post by: MrHollifield on 02/13/2018 04:42 AM
The PIN to unlock your smart phone is now the NORAD catalog number of the Tesla Roadster driven by Starman.
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Post by: kevin-rf on 02/13/2018 03:04 PM
The PIN to unlock your smart phone is now the NORAD catalog number of the Tesla Roadster driven by Starman.
So it's the same as my luggage...
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Post by: Addemup on 02/14/2018 04:54 PM
...you attempt to start a space program yourself.

(No, I'm not actually planning on doing this.)
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Post by: Hog on 02/14/2018 06:09 PM
You are driving down the freeway with the cruise control engaged and there is  a tractor trailer cruising beside you, when you both begin to climb a slight hill.  You hear the trucks turbocharger spool up and you begin to count 15-14-13-12-11-10 and are waiting for the loud "POCK" of the Hydrogen Burnoff Igniters(HBI) 3.4 seconds before the first SSME begins to fire at T-6.6 seconds.

The "turbine/turbo" sound at T-15 through T-13 seconds (09:45-09:47 of this video)- as Sound Supression Water System-water fills the tubes surrounding the SSME opening in the MLP(the rainbirds come into play shortly after), the displacing air makes a "whistling" noise as it escapes the smaller nozzles that sounds like a turbocharger or other type of turbine spooling up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShRa2RG2KDI

The 'POCK" at T-10 of the countdown (00:08 of this video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI-Ef4OYCmY

Shuttle geek, FOREVER!
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Post by: webdan on 02/14/2018 07:22 PM
... you come upon this rig on the way to the first Falcon Heavy launch (heading east on I-4) and immediately think the driver got some discarded titanium fins from Elon at a discount:

Strangely enough, found it on Google. Here's a video (some language):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxPTDJixuHM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxPTDJixuHM)
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Post by: mtakala24 on 02/20/2018 10:09 AM
When you spot the errors.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/chandrayaan-2-mission-cheaper-than-hollywood-film-interstellar/articleshow/62990361.cms
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Post by: webdan on 02/20/2018 10:50 AM
When you spot the errors.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/chandrayaan-2-mission-cheaper-than-hollywood-film-interstellar/articleshow/62990361.cms

...when you realize the article linked above indicates that India will attempt to use a parachute to soft land on the moon which is at a distance of (sic) 3,82,000 km.

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Post by: deruch on 02/20/2018 11:58 AM
India will attempt to use a parachute to soft land on the moon

https://media.giphy.com/media/65os7odbIW6pa/giphy.gif
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Post by: Lar on 02/21/2018 05:33 AM
... the moon which is at a distance of (sic) 3,82,000 km.

They're off by a bit. It actually is closer to 3,84,400 km, but that's not too far off...

(if the extra comma is confusing you, read up on the Lakh...  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakh )
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Post by: oiorionsbelt on 02/21/2018 09:52 PM
When complete nonsense like this piece of shite makes your blood boil.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/patriarchal-race-colonize-mars-just-another-example-male-entitlement-ncna849681
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 02/21/2018 10:09 PM
When complete nonsense like this piece of shite makes your blood boil.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/patriarchal-race-colonize-mars-just-another-example-male-entitlement-ncna849681
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Post by: darkenfast on 02/22/2018 03:54 AM
There is a poll attached at the end of the article.  91% were in favor of "exploring life elsewhere", 4% were undecided and 6% were fluffy snowflakes who think we should not go to other planets.
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Post by: oiorionsbelt on 02/22/2018 04:34 AM
There is a poll attached at the end of the article.  91% were in favor of "exploring life elsewhere", 4% were undecided and 6% were fluffy snowflakes who think we should not go to other planets.
Impressed you were able to suffer through to the end of that. :)
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Post by: Kansan52 on 02/22/2018 03:02 PM
Your tablet messages you that there is a launch live, you change inputs on your TV to your Fire TV, pull up You tube, select the launch stream, and settle down to watch the launch.
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Post by: mtakala24 on 02/22/2018 03:54 PM
... when you don't need reminder for launch webcasts. You just know.
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Post by: Lar on 02/22/2018 07:57 PM
There is a poll attached at the end of the article.  91% were in favor of "exploring life elsewhere", 4% were undecided and 6% were fluffy snowflakes who think we should not go to other planets.

Sums to 101%[1][2]. But I like the 91%!

1 - math is hard, let's go shopping
2 - I know it's due to rounding non integer percentages.
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Post by: Caleb Cattuzzo on 02/26/2018 08:14 PM
When you try to talk sense into a moon hoax comment section......


(I wouldn't recommend it every second looking at that is a brain cell lost)
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 02/27/2018 01:04 AM
When you try to talk sense into a moon hoax comment section......


(I wouldn't recommend it every second looking at that is a brain cell lost)
There's no really winning with those people - believing in hoaxes and conspiracies has become one of the alternatives to mainstream religion. In other words; people want to believe in something out there that is larger and more mysterious than them. You can present them with cold, hard and clearly present facts - but they have already made their minds up. A bit like extremist politics, really...
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Post by: S.Paulissen on 03/09/2018 04:02 AM
When you go to Dave and Busters and see a lamp shade and see a rocket engine nozzles....
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Post by: Archibald on 03/13/2018 05:59 PM
I spent my entire childhood seeing rockets everywhere, from pencils to shampoo bottles that looked either like lifting bodies or the shuttle nose cap.
Also Dove (trademark) woman spray deodorant looks like a small Titan II ICBM, the cap being the nuclear warhead. I just can't help myself.
I fact I finally build a paper X-33 model using the nose cap of a bottle of shampoo. It was black, it was nicely rounded - as if designed just for that job. Thank you, l'Oréal. Parce que je le vaut bien, et le programme spatial aussi.  ;D
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Post by: ritasay on 03/14/2018 12:37 AM
You might be a space geek if you can spot an autopen at thirty yards but can't read your own hand writing.
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Post by: California Kidd on 03/15/2018 08:43 AM
...you want to develop "Open Space" projects.
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Post by: RocketLover0119 on 03/20/2018 06:52 PM
.....When you open your car door and think, grid fins deployed!  ;)
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Post by: mme on 03/20/2018 07:14 PM
When you try to talk sense into a moon hoax comment section......


(I wouldn't recommend it every second looking at that is a brain cell lost)
There's no really winning with those people - believing in hoaxes and conspiracies has become one of the alternatives to mainstream religion. In other words; people want to believe in something out there that is larger and more mysterious than them. You can present them with cold, hard and clearly present facts - but they have already made their minds up. A bit like extremist politics, really...
For reasons I can not explain I occasionally engage flat earthers. It is pointless but I still do it every 6 months or so.
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Post by: Archibald on 03/20/2018 07:25 PM
I wonder if there are some people somewhere that believe in the flat moon theory.  ::) (a hybrid of the two siliness)
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Post by: Paul451 on 03/24/2018 09:15 AM
When you try to talk sense into a moon hoax comment section......
There's no really winning with those people [...] You can present them with cold, hard and clearly present facts - but they have already made their minds up.

You don't do it to convince them, you do it for the less committed people reading them. Letting them go unopposed means only people who already understand science can see the ridiculous errors, whereas if you can point out the errors, especially really obvious ones, even if you don't completely convinced them, you've sown the seeds of doubt and given them permission to be skeptical about the claims of the believers.
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Post by: JAFO on 03/31/2018 08:10 PM
You're relaxing in your rocking chair and your dog is sleeping on the couch, and you think "She looks oddly familiar...."
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Post by: darkenfast on 03/31/2018 08:43 PM
You know you're a Space Geek Dog when you're dreaming that you are photo #2 above!
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Post by: NH22077 on 04/01/2018 05:16 PM
You've read all 61 pages of this thread. And you notice the lack of posts durring the FH Demo launch windows, till a week later. I also find myself strangely jealous of post 175.
Ned
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Post by: EvilGeniusSkis on 04/04/2018 05:55 AM
Well, you know your a space suit geek when you can't watch the movie "Armageddon" primarily because of the use of blue suits and no gloves on the costumes made for the movie. Seriously, the sleeves go to the wrists in the movie with no locking rings! Ah, the horror!
(https://borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/armageddon-flight-suits.jpg)
 :o
When you've done the the NASA thing while watching Armageddon, and counted all the impossible things.
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Post by: EvilGeniusSkis on 04/04/2018 08:03 AM
When, upon pulling into the garage, your wife says in a frustrated tone of voice:  "Please don't say 'OK engine stop, ACA out of detent, mode control both auto'..."

My reply would be " I don't need to because you just said it".
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Post by: Archibald on 04/04/2018 05:18 PM
http://www.agonybooth.com/armageddon-1998-part-1-1598

Kills me every time. Especially Steve Buscemi rebranded "bad teeth guy" (in fact I actually browse Google "bad teeth guy" just to find the link !)
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Post by: gpetrie on 04/05/2018 12:29 PM
As a kid at school I knew more than my teachers about the Apollo program (ok I am not young anymore ;)!)

I got to visit other classes to explain it!

glen
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 04/05/2018 12:38 PM
Me too!
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Post by: gpetrie on 04/05/2018 12:58 PM
Mattblack
Same country of birth from your sidebar ;D!
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Post by: MATTBLAK on 04/05/2018 01:04 PM
Yup - though I'm in South Auckland, New Zealand. The picture is the One Tree Hill Monument that at night was visible through my old kitchen window, looking like a rocket on a pad, lit by floodlights.
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Post by: TakeOff on 04/07/2018 06:31 PM
When you instinctively dislike phrases like "ground truth".
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Post by: Archibald on 04/12/2018 06:07 PM
When driving on the way back from work you listen that song by Daft Punk

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAjR4_CbPpQ

Except you sing "faster, better, cheaper" instead   8)

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.html?id=864
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Post by: nacnud on 04/12/2018 06:17 PM
You can't just post one part of Interstella 5555, you need the full hour long epic :)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3l33s9
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Post by: Archibald on 04/13/2018 05:00 AM
The entire album is awesome. My favorite part is Superheroes.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRt5z880CFY
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Post by: vestertraining on 04/13/2018 07:48 AM
...when L2 is the single most coolest thing you've ever had on your computer, ever.   ;)
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Post by: Hick2 on 04/13/2018 01:43 PM
When you haven't taken down the spaceship curtains you've had since you were 7...
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Post by: Archibald on 04/13/2018 07:13 PM
When your former room (at Mom's house) has become your kid room when visiting his grandmother.
Yet the extended fleet of 1/72 scale spacecrafts and aircrafts is still there - so your kid kind of sleep into a miniature aerospace museum.

And he starts to get interested in the models, by the way (the other day I placed a silver B-58 into his tiny hands... he was extatic)
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Post by: Kyra's kosmos on 04/14/2018 08:45 AM
whenever someone brings up an Apollo Hoax you are triggered to the point of needing to resist taking three hours of your time converting the lost soul.

(Managed to save the neighbor this way, but realize for some there is no arguing with a crazy mind)
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Post by: mme on 04/14/2018 05:22 PM
whenever someone brings up an Apollo Hoax you are triggered to the point of needing to resist taking three hours of your time converting the lost soul.

(Managed to save the neighbor this way, but realize for some there is no arguing with a crazy mind)
You've actually convinced someone? Thank you for your service to humanity!
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Post by: eric z on 04/15/2018 02:05 AM
 When watching "Abbot and Costello Go To Mars", you take notes on things that remind you of BFR/BFS...
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Post by: litton4 on 04/15/2018 10:28 AM
You're rinsing your toothbrush, and you realise that the spray pattern reminds you of the F9 stage 1 exhaust about a minute after launch.
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Post by: PahTo on 04/16/2018 06:19 PM

You reserve the (largest) conference room with the largest HDTV in your office bldg so as to watch the launch of TESS in style...
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Post by: Lar on 04/17/2018 02:17 AM

You reserve the (largest) conference room with the largest HDTV in your office bldg so as to watch the launch of TESS in style...
Sorry about the scrub, bro... were you able to get it for Wednesday too???
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Post by: Archibald on 04/17/2018 09:54 AM
When your next job interview is with a company called" ISS logistique" and you heard about it long ago, yet retained the name "ISS" thanks to the space station  8)

(and then again, the name "ISS logistique" smells either Cygnus or Dragon when you think about it.

And finally, they are subcontractors for the Armée de l'Air...
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Post by: PahTo on 04/17/2018 01:56 PM

You reserve the (largest) conference room with the largest HDTV in your office bldg so as to watch the launch of TESS in style...
Sorry about the scrub, bro... were you able to get it for Wednesday too???

Thanks for checking--no need for Wednesday--I'll leave the office 10 mins early and be home in time for the opening of the window...
:)
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Post by: AS_501 on 05/15/2018 04:42 PM
You dream (nightmare?) that NASA has assembled the Saturn V in the Saturn V Visitor's Center and is about to launch it on the SLS mobile launcher for a special mission.  You're racing to get to KSC to view the launch, but you get stuck in a huge traffic jam on I-95 in Georgia.  Over the car radio you hear "...coming out of the built-in hold..."   "...final guidance alignment..."   "   switching to internal power...".
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Post by: Daniel9 on 06/22/2018 03:37 PM
When you see contrails from airlines in the sky and imagine when that will be landing burns from Earth to Earth BFRs.
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Post by: deruch on 06/29/2018 09:00 PM
... you see news stories mentioning NHL hockey player Alex Ovechkin and are repeatedly confused because you initially misread them as referring to Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin who will be returning to the ISS in October as a crewmember of Expedition 57/58.
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Post by: p51 on 06/29/2018 10:37 PM
Every time you even hear the name Sarah Brightman, you just want to scream out loud, "What, are you insane? You could have gone to space!!!!"  >:(
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Post by: Paul451 on 06/30/2018 01:55 AM
Every time you even hear the name Sarah Brightman

Not sure if this counts, but: In spite of her winning her first Grammy in '86, performing at two Olympic games ceremonies and various other ceremonies, and having 180 gold/platinum records from many countries (at least so sayeth the Wikipedia), I only know her name from her abortive attempt to go into space.
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Post by: JAFO on 07/21/2018 05:08 AM
You're giving a talk and the ad includes the words "Space Geek".


Remembering the Last Flight of the Space Shuttle
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   
Location: Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
Aviation writer and “space geek” Steve Kessinger provides an amazing behind- the-scenes view of the missions STS-134 and -135 as they prepared for launch at Kennedy Space Center and looks back on the end of the Shuttle program.

This program free with Museum admission
http://www.museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Calendar-of-Events/4728/remembering-the-last-flight-of-the-space-shuttle (http://www.museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Calendar-of-Events/4728/remembering-the-last-flight-of-the-space-shuttle)
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Post by: Archibald on 07/21/2018 03:39 PM
When you go to McDonald, see "sundae" and think about Lucifer's Hammer "hot fudge sundae" analogy with the comet.
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Post by: Archibald on 07/21/2018 03:41 PM
Every time you even hear the name Sarah Brightman

Not sure if this counts, but: In spite of her winning her first Grammy in '86, performing at two Olympic games ceremonies and various other ceremonies, and having 180 gold/platinum records from many countries (at least so sayeth the Wikipedia), I only know her name from her abortive attempt to go into space.

Her name is not logical. She have been called Sarah Brightwoman. Same for me: never heard about her until she screwed her unique opportunity to visit the ISS. In fact most ISS space tourists were unknown to me before, well, they flew to ISS.
Dennis Tito ?
Mark Shuttleworth ? (was his trip worth a shuttle flight ?)
Guy Laliberté ? (whose name translate as Guy-the-freedom)
 Sarah Brightman ?
Charmes  Simonyi ?
Famous unknown, I told yah.
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Post by: speedevil on 07/21/2018 10:53 PM
You idly wonder if a rocket equation slide-rule would be a useful purchase.
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Post by: NASAGeek on 07/21/2018 10:58 PM
When you meet someone with the last name Amos you can’t help think of the AMOS-6 anomaly.
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Post by: Gliderflyer on 07/21/2018 11:18 PM
You idly wonder if a rocket equation slide-rule would be a useful purchase.
when you build your own for a Halloween costume.
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Post by: p51 on 07/23/2018 09:05 PM
When you realize you're going to miss your annual lecture to the local high school on the space program-  :'(

-because your wife allowed you to commit to the week-long adult space camp.  ;)

Yes, that has really happened to me, going this Fall (for the 5th time)!
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Post by: DaveTX on 08/01/2018 02:57 PM
When you get a SpaceX decal for your laptop.
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Post by: Archibald on 08/09/2018 03:50 PM
When you come home after work and found your wife (not a space buff like you) watch her favorite, cult movie, which completely fascinate her.
That movie ? Christopher Nolan Interstellar !  8)

Incidentally, the movie was released in November 2014, seven months after the birth of our first kid. You guess, Cooper catchphrase has a special meaning for us.

Quote
"once you're a parent, you're the ghost of your children's future"

So from time to time, we watch Interstellar, I know a lot of quotes and punchlines from memory, plus it is quite fun to explain her the movie inner workings (wormholes, time travel, and why Ann Hathaway sucks, the references to 2001, Contact, Alien...)

We also enjoyed Inception, by the way. It completely blew our minds.

She also enjoy the Alien franchise, but I can't stomach all the horror and blood and guts in these movies.
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Post by: Kaputnik on 09/02/2018 08:36 PM
... when your shed has a leaky roof, you find yourself calling it the 'Wet Workshop'.
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Post by: Archibald on 09/03/2018 03:13 PM
... when your shed has a leaky roof, you find yourself calling it the 'Wet Workshop'.

You'd better turn it into a dry workshop before winter.
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Post by: darkenfast on 09/14/2018 07:08 PM
When you're more interested in the leg action on a returned F9 at Port Canaveral than you are in the other kind!
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Post by: Lar on 09/14/2018 08:39 PM
When you're more interested in the leg action on a returned F9 at Port Canaveral than you are in the other kind!
What other kind? I am not aware of any other stages that show leg action after landing.

Perhaps in your rich fantasy life there are? ???